Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sweep City, Bucs Lose

Interesting stat on Paul Maholm coming into today’s game. When you look at the bad starts that Maholm has this year you see that his very next start he always does a complete 180 in terms of performance. Here is a breakdown of Paul’s rollercoaster ride through the season:

4/28 @ Milwaukee 5.1 IP, 5 R
5/4 vs. Milwaukee 7.1 IP, 2 R

5/9 @ New York (NL) 5 IP, 7 R, 10 H
5/15 vs. Colorado 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H

5/25 @ Chicago (NL) 4 IP, 7 R
5/31 vs. Houston 7 IP, 2 R

After a tough outing that he had against Minnesota the other night (5 IP, 8 R, 14 H) we could have expected Maholm to come back with a strong seven inning victory today against Colorado. Instead Paul went five innings and gave up five runs while walking four. The one bright spot? He struck out seven. Not much of a bright spot for the Bucs.

The Pirates were able to jump out front 3-0 on Colorado and looked as if they could salvage a win in the series, but it was all for not. The Rockies answered a Freddy Sanchez two run home run in the second with three of their own runs to tie the ball game. The Rockies stayed hot as they have one 16 of their past 17 games.

For the Pirates, Andrew McCutchen stayed hot this season going 2 for 5 with another triple. The triple was Cutch’s fifth of the season which is tied for second in the league, along with Nyger Morgan. It is weird to finally see speed on the Buccos now isn’t it? Steady Freddy had two hits and drove in three runs and is hitting .319 on the season.

Overall this series the Bucs just ran into a better team that was really, really hot at the time. Better pitching overall could have got the Pirates two wins this series. A bad pen lost the game for them last night and not being able to hold a three run lead killed them today.

Brandon Moss had a nice game today. Although only in a pinch hitting role he closed the score 5-4 in the sixth with a two out single with a 3-2 count. It was a very good at bat for Moss. The past week Moss has been playing much better going six for his last nine at bats over the past four games. Hopefully this gives Moss the confidence he needs to increase that batting average.

Game was up in the air but the Bucs couldn’t capitalize on their chances and gave the Rockies way too many chances and they did just enough to win.

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