Well guys, I am back. Feels like I haven't done this in some time, but when your college roommate gets married and the wedding is seven hours away, at the beach, you are going to have some off time and some way away from the blog when you are the only one doing this.
For those interested I had a killer time at the wedding. Seeing your friends get married is a great thing. Since I have left college a few years ago I don't get to see all my really close friends all that often, but it was really nice to have that now. Being at the beach wasn't bad either. I could tell you some stories, but I don't think there are many I would feel all that comfortable telling.
I didn't get to watch all of the game because I got to spend some time with my family before I fly out tomorrow night to go back to Wisconsin. I turned on ROOT in the seventh inning and it did not look pretty bad from what I could gather from the box score and few highlights I saw.
Knuckleball chucker R.A. Dickey looked like a Cy Young candidate and the Pirates struck out eight times. It looked dim and not good. That was until the eighth inning. Ronny Cedeno started the inning with a hit and with two outs Josh Harrison picked up his first ever RBI in his first ever game to tie the game at one. Cutch walked and then Neil Walker drove in two with a single up the middle. Bam.
In the ninth Brandon Wood (!) singled home a pair to round out the scoring for the Bucs.
Great debut by Harrison. He had two hits, knocked in the tying run, scored a run and was pretty good on the bases late. Outside of the bad bunt attempt Dusty Brown got his first hit as a Pirate. Can't knock on that.
After giving up a run in the first JMac was just straight dealing. He went six innings and only gave up the lone run and struck out five. In his last seven starts McDonald has a 2.85 ERA. I think it is pretty safe to say that he is starting to get into form. With the start that gives the Pirates starters 12 straight games giving up two earned runs or less. Not too shabby for a staff that was supposed to be terrible.
The Pirates pen did a hell of a job to close this up. Meek, Veras and Hanrahan didn't even give up a hit and Veras was about as nasty as you could be in the eighth. Actually, if you look up nasty in the dictionary you will see his back door curve to Beltran that he looked at to end the inning. Just filthy. All told the Pirates pen is pretty good and with the starters being just as good it really gives the offense a chance to win games like this. I like it.
Pirates are back at it tomorrow against the Mets. This was also the Pirates first ever win at Citi Field. Cool.