Sunday, July 3, 2011

Game 83 Recap - Nationals 4, Pirates 3

In the nightcap of the doubleheader in Washington the Nationals were able to score two runs in the bottome of the eighth inning to salvage a split against the Bucs.

Brad Lincoln made the spot start today because of the double header action and did a pretty nice job. He went six innings of four hit baseball and gave up two earned runs. Most importantly Lincoln got a ton of ground balls and very few fly balls, by a 10-4 ratio. Pirates pitchers have been very successful pitching to contact and when you do that you are going to want more grounders than fly outs. It worked for Lincoln today and may work in the future if he stays with the big club.

Tony Watson picked up the loss for the Pirtes, but it was not as much his fault as it was the Pirates giving this game away with some bad defense. Brian Bixler scored the tying run (don't worry, just a pinch runner) when he stole third but was dead to rights. Too bad Eric Fryer bounced the ball in the dirst as it got away and scored Bixler.

The winning run came accross as Ivan Rodriguez poked a single ro right field to score Rick Ankiel as Fryer couldn't pick the throw from Xavier Paul. All-in-all a pretty bad defensive inning from Fryer but what are you going to do. As some say, stuff happens.

Andrew McCutchen was hot again from the player with three hits in game two which included a double and a triple. Pretty unreal how good this kid it. Want to know the scary thing? He might still have room to grow. Unreal.

Chase d'Arnaud also had a pretty nice offensive day with two hits as the Pirates chalked up nine hits and only struck out twice.

This was a really tough loss. Beating a team two times in one day is a hard thing to do and the Pirates were right there to complete the sweep but they just couldn't get it done. Back at it tomorrow though.

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