Monday, August 31, 2009

Lightning Does Strike Twice

The Bucs lost both games of their day/night doubleheader against the Reds today, the first game was a 4-3 loss and game two was a 6-3 loss. The Bucs lost the first on a walk off wild pitch and the second they jus got flat beat.

In game one the Pirates got a good effort out of Daniel McCutchen but could not scratch together enough hits to give him his first major league win in his major league debut. McCutchen went six innings and giving up only three earned runs and striking out five. Joel Hanrahan pitched two really good innings striking out four. He has really been pitching well and he showed why he is in the game in important spots.

With two outs and a runner on third Jesse Chavez threw a wild pitch to plate Darnell McDonald and the Pirates loss. The Pirates 1-6 hitters went a combined 0-24 with six strikeouts and four walks (two by Lastings Milledge).

McCutchen averaged about 91 on his fastball and go it up around 93. I feel once he gets some innings and gets to learning how to pitch he can be an affective pitcher and possibly pick up some more velocity. We will have to track him throughout the rest of the season, but it could be worse.

Game two was not much to be talked about as the Pirates fell behind early and could not recover. Paul Maholm spotted the Reds a three spot in the first inning and that was pretty much all they needed to set the table on a day that the Pirates offense just wasn't there.

The Pirates managed eight hits, but no Pirate had more than one hit in the loss. Delwyn Young did not have a hit for the third straigh game and only has two hits in his last five games and has seen his average drop to .288. Hopefully he can snap out of this funk because he was playing pretty well.

Andrew McCutchen went deep again for the Pirates with his 11th home run and I feel he is making a really strong run for N.L. ROY. Really nice season. In 77 games this season he is supporting a .852 OPS and has 11 home runs and 44 RBI all hitting from the leadoff position. Very impressive.

Not too much else to say. Lets try to get them tomorrow.

Go Bucs.

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