PNC Park | 7:05 | Armas vs. Braden Looper | Box
I didn’t see this coming any more than the Matt Morris trade. Tony Armas pitched well. He was better than just well. He was outstanding, limiting St. Louis to four hits and one run in 6-1/3. He whiffed five and walked one.
The Bucs offense busted out for a season high 20 hits and a season high 15 runs. The Bucs had double digits in runs for the first time since May 27. For just the second time in July, they clocked three taters. They struck out only three times. The last game the team struck out fewer than three times was June 29. Cards starter Braden Looper had Zach Duke disease. He only walked one, but he didn’t strike out anybody in giving up 8 hits and 7 runs in four innings.
Ronny Paulino got things going early with a first inning bases juiced jack. The Bucs tacked on seven more runs in the 8th off of Mike Maroth. Jack Wilson had two RBI for the second straight game to go along with three hits. Jason Bay also had three hits and a pair of runs knocked home. That’s Bay’s second straight three hit game and his third in a span of eight games. Freddy Sanchez had four safeties. That’s his second four hit game of the year with the other coming 5/14.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I let out a primal moan when I read that Tony Armas was getting a start. John Van Benschoten wasn’t the answer. Here’s hoping JVB gets another shot at some point and does well. Armas already wasn’t the answer. Here are some 2007 Tony Armas Jr. facts:
Albert Pujols is 4-11 lifetime against Armas. Scott Rolen is 5-21 but three of the hits have been dingers. He has not pitched against St. Louis this year. For his career he is 1-2 with an ERA near 5.00 against St. Louis.
Braden Looper, like Adam Wainwright, is a converted reliever. He beat the Pirates in both of his 2007 appearance against them. Back on 5/24 he went six innings and allowed three hits. He was even better on April 9. He allowed two hits and no runs in seven innings. None of the Bucs have more than six at bats agains Looper and only the disabled Chris Duffy has more than one hit. Here’s hoping they can solve him.
Tuesday night thoughts
Still enjoying the Bronx is Burning. I was confused when they showed an actual clip of a Royals/Yanks game from the 1970s and showed Willie Wilson getting an inside the park homer. Wilson didn’t have any homers in limited play in 1977, which is when the show is set. You would think ESPN would catch that and realize their viewers would notice. This is the network that went out of their way 15 years ago or so to pick apart every slight error made by Ken Burns in his PBS Baseball documentary. But they didn’t catch this? By the way, based on a quick search on Baseball-Reference.com, I’d bet this was from 6/9/79 when Wilson hit a walk-off (run off?) inside the park homer in the 13th to beat Ken Clay and the Yanks.