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Well Neil Huntington is certainly not done dealing this year, and he very well should not be. The recent news involves the Minnesota Twins. The Twins seem to be interested in Freddy Sanchez, John Grabow, and Matt Capps. Personally I didn’t even think Matt Capps was on the market, but I guess no player is untouchable for the Pirates. Capps is young and still has a ceiling to reach. Here’s a link to the Twins top 20 prospects this year:
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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