Most baseball fans are familiar with the movie Major League and the Cleveland Indians’ coach Lou Brown. A quote that he said in the movie, which sums up the Pittsburgh Pirates team right now, is, “starting to come together Pepper, starting to come together!” After a huge series win against NL Central Division rivals the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates headed west to face another division foe, the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates have had great pitching all season, but have been very inconsistent with their bats. However, after some key moves to bring in some much needed bats, the Pirates are putting a lineup out there that looks like one that can win a pennant for the first time since 1992.
The Pirates received some stellar play from every aspect of the game. “Good Stuff” Charlie Morton has become one of the most consistent starting pitchers for the Pirates over the last month. He did not disappoint again on Monday. Charlie went seven strong innings and only let up two runs while striking out six batters. Charlie did what he was expected to do and had many balls be put into play and let his team do their part to help. Charlie’s day was so good that he even had a hit and scored a run. The offense was led by Jose Tabata, who had three hits with two RBIs. The man who really stole the show was Neil Walker, hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning, essentially putting the game away. The Pirates’ defense was solid as well. The team even had an amazing 5-to-2 to 5-to-4 double play to end a threat by Brewers in the third inning.
The Pirates are hitting their stride and not a moment too soon. Going to a place like Milwaukee, where the Pirates have played terribly in recent history, and dominating the Brewers shows how far the Pirates have come this season. If the Pirates can continue to play a team game and get solid play from players like Walker, Tabata and Morton and not always their stars, then this team can be on the verge of something special this season. Just like the great Lou Brown once said, “It’s my kinda team, Charlie, it’s my kinda team!”