Alvarez again pairs two-homer outbursts

Alvarez again pairs two-homer outbursts

Alvarez again pairs two-homer outbursts
PITTSBURGH -- In the euphoric minutes following his second two-homer game in as many days, Pedro Alvarez was asked about the curiosity of having coupled all four of his career multihomer games.

His weekend destruction of the Indians had mirrored what he had done to the Brewers from July 20-21, 2010.

Is it a recurring, sudden feeling of supremacy, someone wondered, or just a coincidence?

"Coincidence," Alvarez replied in typical straightforward, taciturn style.

Well, coincidentally, he has equaled a feat of arguably the most fabled slugger in Pirates history: Ralph Kiner, the only other Pittsburgh player ever to twice connect for two homers in consecutive games.

Kiner still trumps Alvarez on three counts: He paired multihomer games three times and twice in one season (1947), when both sets included a three-homer game.

But give Alvarez time. After all, he's only 25 years old.

The rest of the Pirates party was virtually salivating at the sight of Alvarez's latest awakening. Baseball is both the proverbial game of failure and of extremes, and few illustrate the latter better than Alvarez.

Entering Monday's schedule, a total of 56 Major Leaguers had 34-plus RBIs. Only one man, the Rays' Luke Scott (39), has managed it on fewer than Alvarez's 40 hits.