Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh Andy...Bucs Win

Pirates 3 5 1
Braves 1 5 1

Today was one of the few non-televised game this season for FSN and they missed another pitcher duel in the ATL. Two runs in the top of the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Bucs to a 3-1 win and split the four game series against the Braves.

The Braves got on the board first with a Jeff Francoeur singled in Matt Diaz in the fourth inning. The Bucs tied the ballgame in the next half inning when Delwyn Young homered with one out.

It was a pretty slow offensive day for your battlin Bucs, who only chalked up two hits through eight innings.

Andrew McCutchen singled to start the ninth and with two outs Adam LaRoche was intentionally walked and moved up to second on the rare fielder’s indifference. Andy LaRoche then followed big brother up with a two RBI single for the deciding hit.

Why would you walk Adam LaRoche to get to Andy? Really Atlanta? I mean Adam does have some pop but this is June, not August. Andy LaRoche has been one of the Pirates best hitters recently and this was a definite blunder for Atlanta.

Paul Maholm was once again solid going 7 innings only yielding four hits. Steven Jackson picked up his second win of the season and the game was saved for the second consecutive night by Matt Capps. Andy LaRoche and Delwyn Young each picked up two hits.

Ex-Bucco Nate McLouth finished the day 0-3 and was 5-17 with three runs scored a homerun and an RBI. Not an outstanding series for McLouth. Hit under .300 for the series and was not a factor outside of his lead off homerun of the series. As I stated before it will take a few years to totally evaluate this trade but thus far you can’t really say too much.

With the game not being on TV it is hard to get a good grip on the game, but you have to love the stat line of Paul. Another strong start from the pitching staff. The Pirates are not an offensive team and will have to rely on the staff to keep them in games. This was the teams 32nd quality start of the season which puts them in a tie for sixth place in all of MLB.

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