I'm just now catching up on Saturday's game, which the Pirates won 12-6 against the Cubs, but here's a discussion thread and a few highlights.
-P- The big one, of course, came in the fifth. The Bucs were already up when Josh Bell replaced Arquimedes Caminero as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam in just his second career big-league at-bat. It was majestic, too -- a no-doubter that went way over the Clemente Wall, with the huge crowd at PNC Park going berzerk. Bell then came out for a curtain call. (Jordy Mercer followed with a homer of his own that was less consequential, but still cool.) Bell, of course, has yet to record an out in his extremely brief big-league career, and to hit a grand slam so soon is the sort of thing dreams are made of.
-P- Speaking of Caminero, the Pirates had to lean hard on their bullpen Saturday after getting only 2.1 innings from Chad Kuhl. Caminero and Jared Hughes -- who've been mentioned as goats at times here recently -- combined for 4.2 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking none between them.
-P- Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez each homered off Jon Lester in the third inning. McCutchen's homer. on a line drive to left, was his 13th of the season. McCutchen also recorded his second straight multi-hit game.
-P- Josh Harrison left the game after getting hit in the foot, although according to Clint Hurdle, X-rays came back negative. It wouldn't be a surprise if he sat Sunday in the Bucs' last game before the All-Star break.
-P- With the victory, the Pirates moved to 46-42 on the season. They're now 6.5 games back of the Cubs, and they've won nine of their last 10.