Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pirates slug their way past Atlanta

Game 1:  Pittsburgh 4  Atlanta 3 
              W- Blyleven (4-7)   L- Niekro (12-2)
              HR- Stennett (1), Burroughs (12)

Game 2:  Atlanta 10  Pittsburgh 9
              W- Mahler (1-4)   L- Candelaria (6-5)
              HR - Parker (18), Stargell (18), Burroughs (13), Horner (1)

Game 3:  Pittsburgh 9  Atlanta 7
              W- Bibby (5-2)   L- Hanna (2-5)
              HR - Stargell (19), Matthews (4)

Series summary:

Dave Parker continued his assualt on N.L. pitchers, as he drove in 10 runs in the 3 game series.
His 6 hits raised his average to an amazing .396 this season.
Willie Stargell also homered twice to get to 19 on the year.
Bert Blylven outdueled Phil Niekro in the first game, preventing the knuckleballer from getting his 13th win.
Though overshadowed a bit by the Pirates hitters, Jeff Burroughs has been doing all he can to try and carry his Braves team.  He hasn't gotten much help to date, but perhaps phenom callup Bob Horner can help.  Horner arrived with the team on Thursday and immediately entered the starting lineup at 3rd base.  He hit his first HR of the year in the second game, a no-doubter into the left field bleachers.



Stargell has an impressive 19 HRs on the season in only 157 ABs


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