Saturday's scouting report: Rockies at Pirates
Pirates beat reporterRob Biertempfel 's inside look at Saturday's game:
• Brett Anderson is making just his second start since April 12, when he broke his left index finger hitting into a groundout. In his last outing, he tossed five innings and allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and three walks in a 13-5 loss to the Twins. In his career, Anderson is 24-6 in the 36 starts when he received three or more runs of support and is 2-26 in 40 starts when he got two runs or fewer.
• Rockies backup C Michael McKenry is batting .303 after going 3 for 7 (plus a HBP) over his past three games. He missed three games in late June while on the bereavement list. McKenry has hit safely in 13 of 17 starts (.295, four doubles, one HR, 6 RBsI, 6 runs). He's batting .358 (19 for 53) vs. RHP and .083 (1 for 12) vs. LHP.
Many of the Double-A Altoona Curve's game giveaway items are more creative than the Pirates' freebies. Thursday, the first 1,000 fans at Peoples Natural Gas Field got Gregory Polanco “El Coffee” mugs, a reference to the rookie phenom's nickname and Twitter handle.
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