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Well the Pirates battled back this week after dropping the first two games of the 4 game set in heartbreaking fashion. The Pirates defeated the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night with help from Jeff Karstens, who ironically got the win after relieving Charlie Morton (who had taken his spot in the rotation that day) after a hamstring strain and pitching 4.2 innings giving up only 1 run and eating up crucial innings for the Pirates. The game looked ugly at the beginning after Morton left, but the bullpen combined for 8 innings and 2 earned runs to help win the game for the bucs. Jason Jamarillo had an RBI base hit, and Adam LaRoche drove in 2. The crucial play of the game however was Craig Monroe scoring from 2nd on an infield single. He didn’t hesitate at all and took everyone by surprise and drew an off-line throw to score the third run for the Pirates. Matt Capps would come in with a 3-1 lead, but would give up a home run to Garrett Anderson, but would regain his composure and close the game out for his 14th save of the season.
The Pirates are now 28-32 and are heading home for a quick 3 game homestand against the Detroit Tigers. Tomorrow the matchup is Ian Snell vs. Rick Porcello. Advantage, Tigers.
Ah, finally, the Pirates are beating the Brewers. Right now the game is in the 8th, so it’s not over yet, and Paul Maholm just got lifted. Paul went 7.1 innings, giving up only 1 run on 6 hits and walking only one, just another great start from Paul. I’m sure that took the bad taste from his last start (in Milwaukee) away. Surprisingly, the Pirates scored 3 runs off of Yovani Gallardo tonight. Two of these runs put a big smile on my face, because they came from the bats of Andy LaRoche and Brandon Moss. Moss tripled in the 2nd to score one, and Andy LaRoche (finally) hit a home run in the 4th to put the Pirates on top 2-1. Nate McLouth then added the 3rd run on a base hit after a Freddy Sanchez double.
The Pirates defeated the Marlins for the third consecutive time today, winning the game 7-3. It was another close, well played and hard fought game for the bucs. Let’s wrap up this homestand and head on to the offday tomorrow where we will look forward to our 6 game road trip!
- Paul Maholm pitched today and got his 3rd consecutive win. This was no doubt his least effective start of the year, but he still pitched very well. He gave up 4 runs in 6 innings while striking out 4 and walking only 1. It shows that Paul Maholm isn’t perfect and could possibly lose a couple of games this year, but the offense didn’t let it happen today.
- The offense hit the ball all through the game, scoring in 5 of their 8 offensive innings. Adam LaRoche led the offense today with 4 hits (one gift), 2 runs and 1 RBI. Before this week LaRoche’s performance was a very pleasant surprise, but after the Doumit injury, I’d say that it is now a vital occurrence.
- Andy LaRoche had a clutch RBI double in the 5th after Brandon Moss was intentionally walked for the 2nd time in the game. The Marlins obviously didn’t find LaRoche as much of a threat today, and although he struck out with the bases loaded in the first, he made them pay in the 5th. I guess the Marlins haven’t noticed how awful Brandon Moss has been at the plate lately. Oh well, our gain.
- Nyjer Morgan created a run of his own as well today. He singled in Delwyn Young, who collected his first hit as a bucco in the form of a 1 out double, and Nyjer then went on to steal third base and score on an overthrow by (former Pirate) Ronny Paulino. I guess it wasn’t that terrible of a throw, so some blame should go to Emilio Bonifacio as well. Nyjer’s play has been consistently terrific, let’s hope he can keep that up.
- The bullpen also did more great work today, giving up no runs in 3 innings of work. Jesse Chavez and Sean Burnett combined for one of those innings of work, setting down their hitters 1-2-3. John Grabow was excellent, striking out the side in the 8th, and Matt Capps finished the game up with his 5th successful save conversion. He is a perfect 5/5 in save opportunities this year. It’s really uplifting to see the bullpen pitching well right along with their starting rotation.
Well the Pirates are done with their first homestand of the year, a stretch in which they went 6-3. their record is now at a beautiful 9-6 record and if the Cubs and Cardinals lose tonight, the Pirates could be tied for the division lead. I’m expecting to see more Pirates on Baseball Tonight!
Tomorrow is an offday, but I’ll think of something to make a post for
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Alright well the Pirates are now 1-1 after an absolutely terrible performance yesterday. Let’s hope Zach Duke has better luck than Ian Snell did last night, of course that won’t take much. Here are tonight’s lineups:
The Pirates are cruising. The pitching is making it look easy, and the hitters are doing enough to win the game. Too bad I’m making this post in March and not April or May. Let’s stay focused on the positives here though, it makes me feel better.