Looking beyond the box score, the Pirates 5-4 win over the Cubs was actually pretty crazy. Inspired by “You Can’t Predict Baseball,” here’s a look at the unpredictable side of Tuesday night’s contest:
– Garza, fresh off the disabled list and on a strict pitch limit, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
– Clint Barmes, who broke up Garza’s no-hitter, is 11-for-33 at the plate in his last 10 games.
– Pedro Alvarez drew a walk… with the bases loaded.
– Andrew McCutchen made two outs in the same inning.
– Snider’s blast was the Pirates first pinch-hit grand slam since Jason Michaels‘ on June 2nd, 2008, the first at PNC Park since Craig Wilson‘s on July 17th, 2003, and the first go-ahead PH grand salami since Kevin Young‘s on August 31st, 1999.
– Darwin Barney started the game with a .192 batting average. He ended at .223, after going 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
– Mark Melancon threw 14 pitches – 13 strikes, 1 ball.
– Jason Grilli threw 35 pitches, his most in an outing since August 29th, 2011.
Sometimes, you just can’t predict baseball. Who knows what will happen next?