28.6% of Alvarez's fly balls have resulted in home runs so far this season, which ranks in the top-10 league-wide and is on pace to be the highest of his career.
McCutchen's outstanding catch
Heading into the game, Andrew McCutchen ranked second-to-last in range amongst centerfielders this season. According to his Fangraphs RngR score, McCutchen has allowed 4.8 runs above what the average centerfielder would give up due to range. But you wouldn't know it by the outstanding catch he made in the third to rob Shane Peterson of extra bases.
Getting a quick break on the ball, the Pirates centerfielder sped on a perfect diagonal path and intercepted the sinking line drive with a last second lunge just short of the warning track in left-center.
Afterwards, Hurdle said it was one of the better catches he's seen this season.
"On contact, he's off [and on] what looked to be a perfect route." Hurdle said. "I'm sure that new system [stat-cast] will let us know the speed, angle of the route, everything else. All I know, it was a really, really good baseball play by a really good centerfielder."
Don't look now
Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save. He has now converted 17 consecutive save opportunities, which is the longest streak of his career. It is also the 10th consecutive appearance in which he has netted a save.