Pearce’s defensive frustration tempered by results at the plate


You had to feel for Steve Pearce a little bit tonight. In the nine games before last night Pearce has looked pretty solid defensively since being brought up from Indy. Yet first there was an error to start the fifth inning, then in the sixth a line drive from Jody Gerut hit the top of his glove and bounced into the grass behind him.

Pearce was visibly beyond angry with himself, frustration tempered only by the fact that he had three hits, including three doubles, on the night.

“That ball wasn’t hit that high, it was going right in my glove and I just undershot it,” Pearce said of the second misstep. “Oh man, it felt terrible. (Gregg) Zaun was on first and he was dead meat. It was a double-play easy and we’re out of the inning and momentum’s on our side. It’s just one of those things that can’t happen.”
— Lefty Javier Lopez got the win for the Pirates, his first since signing as a free agent in December 2009. He pitched just 2/3 innings but got two of the Pirates’ nine total strikeouts.