Friday, July 1, 2011

Game 81 Recap - Nationals 2, Pirates 1

Coming into the series tonight I had a pretty good feeling about the Pirates. The offense was pretty good in two of the three games against the Blue Jays. Tonight the offense was a no show tonight and cost the Pirates a chance to move to three games over .500.

Charlie Morton had a nice start even though he only went 5.2 innings but gave up only three hits and two walks to go along with the lone run he gave up. After being skipped in a start he performed pretty well and threw some good pitches. He had a shaky first inning but really settled down and threw well.

Like I said the offense was no good. Only six hits in the game and had one run to show for that. The Pirates had a chance in the sixth when Andrew McCutchen led off the game with a double and moved to third on a Matt Diaz ground out, but couldn't score. With McCutchen on third and only one out Lyle Overbay and Ronny Cedeno struck out to leave and insurance run on third base. That run would have been enough to win the game.

The Nats got the win with a Matt Stairs singled home Alex Cora for the win. Tim Wood was the relief pitcher who took the loss and he did not look good. He was wild and he gave up a single and a wild pitch before a fly ball to move Cora to third which set up Stairs for the win.

Two games tomorrow. Need to put this one behind us.

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