National League Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Arizona|
(Wednesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, Arizona 1
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Neil Walker hit a go-ahead RBI single in the
top of the eighth inning as the Pirates took a 2-1 victory over the
Diamondbacks in the rubber match of a three-game set at Chase Field on
With the game tied at 1-1, Arizona starter Daniel Hudson recorded the first
two outs in the eighth, but surrendered back-to-back singles before being
lifted in favor of David Hernandez. Walker then lofted a fly ball into no-
man's land in shallow right field that found grass, scoring Clint Barmes from
second for the go-ahead run.
Brad Lincoln (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball in relief of
starter James McDonald, who lasted just four innings. Lincoln struck out four
and walked three after being called up earlier on Wednesday to replace pitcher
Jeff Karstens, who was sent to the 15-day disabled list.
"That's part of the job. You have to come in and get your mind right and be
prepared for the game, regardless of the circumstances," said Lincoln about
being called up earlier in the day. "For the most part I was able to do that
today and go out there and just battle and get the team the win."
Juan Cruz worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to nail down his second
save of the year. Pedro Alvarez added a solo homer and Andrew McCutchen
finished with two hits for the Pirates, who took two straight from Arizona
after dropping the series opener.
Hudson (1-1) hurled 7 2/3 innings and was charged for both runs on six hits
and three walks. Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel each had two hits for the
Diamondbacks, who finished with just six as a team.
"We didn't capitalize on our opportunities," admitted Arizona manager Kirk
Gibson. "We have to give Pittsburgh a little bit of credit. Six of their last
seven runs they've scored with two outs."
Willie Bloomquist opened the bottom of the first with a triple into the gap in
right-center field and scored two batters later when Kubel laced a fastball
back up the middle, giving Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Hudson retired the first two hitters in the seventh, but left a 2-0 changeup
up in the zone and Alvarez ripped it over the wall in right, pulling the
Pirates even at 1-1.
The Pirates drafted Lincoln with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 amateur
draft...Arizona will continue a 10-game homestand with a four-game set against
the Atlanta Braves beginning on Thursday...Pittsburgh returns home for a
three-game set with the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals starting on
Friday...Before the game, the Diamondbacks placed outfielder Chris Young on
the 15-day DL with a shoulder contusion...A.J. Pollock made his major
league debut after being recalled on Wednesday to replace Geoff Blum, who was
sent to the 15-day DL as well. Pollock finished the game 0-for-3 with a walk.
04/18 20:01:03 ET