Eleven of the Pirates’ thirteen players who received an at-bat today had at least one hit, with Arquimedes Caminero, who was eating up garbage time innings, and the people’s champ Sean Rodriguez being the exceptions. Lots of players were stars in this one:
- Gregory Polanco: 3-5, B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
- Starling Marte (#MarteMVP): 2-5, R, SB (his 14th of the year)
- Jordy Mercer: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI
- Josh Harrison: 2-3, 2 R
- Francisco Liriano: 1-2, RBI (this guy is gunning for a Silver Slugger this year, although he needs to start hitting homers if he wants that)
This is the kind of game the Pirates want to play against bad baseball teams. Get a big lead early, then keep scoring so there’s no pressure on the bullpen and they can leave Arquimedes Caminero in despite the fact that he probably shouldn’t even be on a Major League roster at this point.
The Cubs thrashed the Cardinals, which means that the Pirates remain 5 GB from first place and put a game of distance between themselves and the Cardinals.