Wigginton homered for the first time as a member of the Pirates
and scored another run on a massive collision at the plate to lead
Pittsburgh to its fourth straight win, 7-1 over the reeling Arizona
Wigginton extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth, drawing a walk
from reliever Lance Cormier and then bowling over catcher Koyie
Hill on Jose Castillo's double into the right-field corner.
Wigginton lowered his shoulder and drove his head into Hill's
jaw, knocking off both the catcher's helmet and mitt. But he missed
the plate as the ball sailed untouched to the backstop. Wigginton
quickly stood, took two quick steps to touch home and walked to the
dugout with blood streaming down the back of his head behind his
"It's part of the game," said Wigginton, who was 2-for-4 after
entering the game 6-for-45 since coming to Pittsburgh from the New
York Mets before the trading deadline.
"He was blocking the plate and I felt it was the best way to
score and get us another run," he said. "It's too bad he had to
go and get injured."
Hill finished the inning, tagging Castillo to end a 5-2-5-2
rundown for the first out, but left before the top of the fifth --
and X-rays revealed a broken right ankle. He'll be re-evaluated
"It was bang-bang," Hill said. "The ball was right there and
he came in hard and did his job. I was all over the plate. He
really had no other place to go. I was trying to help my team out.
He was trying to help his team out. And you got two guys playing
hard, and they ran into each other."
Wigginton remained in the game and drove in a run during the
Pirates' three-run fifth that gave Pittsburgh a 6-0 lead. Tike
Redman also had an RBI single in the inning, extending his
career-best hitting streak to 11 games.
The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the second when Craig Wilson led
off with a homer into the balcony overhanging the center-field
wall, and Wigginton hit his first with the Pirates three batters
Ryan Vogelsong (4-9) scattered six hits over seven innings for
the Pirates, who won for the eighth time in 10 games. He allowed
one run and struck out four in his longest outing since May 8
against Los Angeles, a span of 11 starts and 16 appearances.
"I was just trying to get ahead and make them put the ball in
play," Vogelsong said. "The defense played well behind me. They
hit the ball hard but they were able to suck them up."
Luis Terrero hit his first major league homer for the
Diamondbacks, who lost their sixth straight at home and have
dropped 16 of 17 overall. Arizona is 7-35 under interim manager Al
Stephen Randolph (2-3) pitched three innings in his first major
league start for Arizona after 89 straight relief appearances. He
allowed two runs on four hits, struck out three and walked three.
"It was fair at best," Randolph said, grading his start. "I
got deep in some counts, left some balls over the plate and put our
team in a hole early."
Terrero's homer in the fifth off Vogelsong made it 6-1.
Rob Mackowiak hit a pinch-hit RBI triple in the eighth for the
After the game, Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon announced
Kip Wells' scheduled start Wednesday would be delayed for
precautionary reasons. Wells experienced some discomfort after
throwing on the side earlier in the week, and will throw another
sideline session Wednesday. Highly touted prospect John Van
Benschoten will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game
and will start against the Diamondbacks. ... The Pirates are 31-19
since losing 21 of 25 from May 30 to June 25. ... Pedrique let
Randolph bat leading off the third, then pulled him after the
inning. Pedrique said before the game Randolph would be on a
65-pitch limit and the left-hander needed 64 pitches -- 33 strikes --
to get through his three innings. ... Randolph became the
club-record 11th different starter for Arizona this season.