It’s nice to win, but this game could easily have gone the other way, and in some ways was really defined more by the Pirates’ incompetence than anything that the Braves did. The Pirates got nine hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a homer, plus two walks (to the first two batters of the game) off of Kris Medlen, and had very little to show for it. The triple scored two runs with two out in the fourth, and was hit by the pitcher; the Pirates’ regulars were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and left only four men on base because of a pickoff play and two lined into double plays. Hey, we’ve been there. Medlen was in trouble all night, but got out of it most of the time.
Heyward opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first, but the Braves fell behind with the Pirates scoring one in the third on the homer and then the two in the fourth. Glaus tied it up in the fifth with a two-run double, then Ross scored the go-ahead run on a sac fly by Prado in the sixth. The Braves got insurance runs in the eighth on a double by Prado.
The bullpen did good work, with Moylan, Saito, and Wagner all throwing perfect innings with two strikeouts. Saito needed only ten pitches, and Wagner (after a rain delay) needed only nine. Efficient.