Sunday, June 5, 2011

Game 58 Recap - Phillies 7, Pirates 3

What started out as a pretty successful day turned pretty bad, pretty quickly as the Pirates dropped the chance to sweep the Phillies with a 7-3 loss at PNC Park in front of an almost capacity crowd.

The place where the Pirates really lost the lead for good was in the fourth and fifth innings. James McDonald cruised for the first three innings and looked like he was going to be able to make a first innings two run bomb from Neil Walker stand, but it just wasn’t meant to be on the day. McDonald ended the day only throwing 4+ innings with five walks (all in the fourth and fifth innings) and three strikeouts (all in the first three innings).

Like I said things looked really good. McDonald only threw 40 pitches through three innings and then it was just like a switch was flipped. He couldn’t find the zone and really the Phillies hitters didn’t have to do anything to get on base. In the fifth he walked the bases loaded and ended his stint by throwing 10 straight balls. I saw on twitter some real bashing of McDonald but I think that is going a little bit too far. For the past month+ McDonald has been pitching some good ball and to take that away from him because of an inning+ would be foolish. It was an off day for him, and an off day for the entire group of pitchers that threw.

The pen was tacked for four runs in five innings and gave up 11 hits. The normally reliable Daniel McCutchen gave up four hits and two runs on an innings work and Evan Meek gave up three this and a run on .2 of an inning of work. Daniel Moskos was the bright spot for the staff as he went 1.1 innings and only yeielded a hit. Moskos looked pretty good and he is starting to look like he can be relied upon to come out of the pen. Chris Resop inherited a bases loaded jam after McDonald left and did a nice job to hold the fort. He gave up a sac fly on like a 12 pitch at bat to Ryan Howard and then hit Carlos Ruiz with the bases loaded. Could have been a lot worse. Resop didn’t have his best stuff but he still did a nice job.

Only one Pirate had multiple hits today which was Brandon Wood. Shocking as it is Wood has been pretty decent over the past few games. Almost every other Pirate that got into the game was credited with a hit, but they just couldn’t scratch another run across. The Pirates best chance was in the seventh inning. With two outs Wood singled to center and then Diaz reached on an infield single to set up the tying run on first base with two outs. Jose Tabata pinch hit for Moskos and hammered the first pitch to the right side but Chase Utley made a diving catch to end the inning and the threat.

To be honest it sucked to lose this game but this was still a very successful series against a top team in baseball. They took two out of three and got two great pitching performances over the last couple of days. It was good to have the Pirates play a good series with the seats filled. They have the day off tomorrow before coming back against the D-Backs, another tough series.

Should have some draft stuff up tonight (maybe) and should have a live blog set up for it tomorrow night so make sure you are stopping by to check that out as it should be exciting.

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