Yes ladies and gentlemen, I said it twice. That is because we are covering no one, but two Pirate wins. The Pirates took three out of four from the Dodgers today and only need to go 4-3 the last seven games in order to avoid losing 100 games.
Now lets get to it.
On Sunday the Pirates used a Lastings Milledge bases clearing single to beat the Dodgers. The score was tied in the ninth inning and in came Matt Capps who has been downright terrible this season. How does that go? He gives up three runs and you probably think that it is game over and the Pirates have no chance. Well not these Bucs.
Delwyn Young, who was pinch hitting for Brain Bixler, singled to lead off the inning and then was followed by a Brandon Moss single and Andrew McCutchen reached on a fielder choice where Brandon Moss was out at second base. Andy LaRoche singled in the infield to plate Young and both he and McCutchen moved up on a Raffy Furcal error. Garrett Jones was then walked and Lastings Milledge ended it with a single that was muffed by Andre Ethier and all the runs scored for the Pirates walk-off win.
It has to be a side note that something happened in the game that you might never, ever, see again. Brian Bixler got a hit. Let me repeat that again. Brian Bixler got a hit. Here is the link to the box score incase you do not believe me. Hell, I didn't believe it until I had talked to a person that physically saw the hit happen. Don't worry, it was only one hit, and yes he did strike out again. Shocker.
Today the Pirates just went nuts on the Dodgers. 11-1 win where Zach Duke went 8.2 innings of mostly shut out baseball, giving up a run in the ninth. He moves to 11-15 on the season and really did a nice job.
The Pirates pounded out 15 hits, and the one through three batters went 10-14 on the day with eight runs scored and eight RBI. Most of that was done by Andy LaRoche. He just went off today. 5-for-5 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBI, four runs scored. How much better could he have done today?
Garrett Jones went deep again for the 21st time this season. He has just been on a tear and he was not even up here for the entire season. He is hitting .305 after a 2-for-5 day today. McCutchens numbers have gone down a little bit recently (only hitting .286 now, not bad though) so I feel that GFJ is a true ROY candidate. Imagine if he would have played the whole season. 30 home runs? Probably. I would like to see it again to give us something.
A five run second inning was all the Pirates needed to win this ball game. They finally put a complete game together and this was great to see.
I like it
Lets Go Bucs