The Pirates got their four game winning streak snapped today when Tigers starter Rick Porcello dominated then for eight innings before being lifted. The Pirates only collected two hits on the day and never really posed much of a threat to tie the game.
There isn't too much to say. Porcello was excellent for the Tigers and only threw 84 pitches through eight innings of work. The best chance the Pirates had was when Jim Leland decided to pull Porcello after the eighth inning. The Pirates proceeded to get the first two hitters on base but failed miserably with a chance to tie the game up.
Ronny Cedeno and Xavier Paul had the only two hits for the Bucs. Only four batters saw 10 pitches or more in the lineup today. That is not real good. Andrew McCutchen drew two walks also.
Paul Maholm had a pretty good outing. He went only 5.1 innings and struck out five. Most of the reason he was out so early was becuase of him throwing 96 pitches. He wasn't wildly efficient but he wasn't getting much help from the offensive side. On the season the Bucs offense has only scored 14 runs in 10 outtings while he has been on the bump. That isn't going to lend to many wins for Paul which is mostly why he is 1-7 on the season. I mena they have to score some runs for him sometime, right?
Although this wasn't an inspiring game it was still a really good series for the Bucs. They were facing three pretty good pitchers and were able to take two of three games. The Bucs will not get another day off tomrrow and then have a quick two game series with the Braves.
I will be taking a trip back to Pittsburgh for a friends wedding so the blog might be silent for the next week or so but the live chats should still be up for every game.