"I got on first, and we put pressure on him right away. Cutch was able to get a 2-0 fastball, and he didn't miss it," Harrison said. "From there, the energy in the dugout was, 'Let's continue to get on this guy.'"
The following inning, Harvey served up a first-pitch fastball to Pedro Alvarez, who belted it for a solo home run to right field. Alvarez helped the cause a few frames later with an RBI double in the fourth inning. It was one of four runs hung on Harvey that inning.
"When Pedro drives in a couple of runs in a game ... it usually works out well for us," Hurdle said.
After the Pirates plated some runs, their approach in the box shifted to pushing Harvey's pitch count.
For example, Pittsburgh catcher Francisco Cervelli faced an 0-2 count after two pitches in the fourth inning, but he fought back and worked an eight-pitch walk. He later scored, and it was that plate appearance that Hurdle called one of the game's most crucial.
It's an understatement that Harvey has been overwhelming hitters this year -- the 1.98 ERA he entered Saturday with proves that. So, some level of shock from the Pirates at his early struggles would have been understood.