Chase Field | 9:40 | Gorzelanny vs. Micah Owings | Box
First things first: congrats to Barry Lamar Bonds.
Ladies and gentleman: Tom Gorzelanny has returned! The Bucco hurler was strong in seven innings. He allowed just four hits and two walks while whiffing nine. One of the four hits was Justin Uptons’ first career tater.
Micah Owings was hurt early as Ronny Paulino delivered a two run single in the fourth and was driven home when Jack Wilson doubled.
The Bucs scored single runs in the seventh and eighth and three times in the 9th to put the game away. A total of four errors by the young Arizona club helped the Pirates.
Any win is a good one. When Gorzo pitches like this and Bay and LaRoche are hitless, a win like this is even better.
Gorzo was scheduled to go Sunday, and, according to the Pirates official site, will get the nod on Tuesday with some extra rest. He had his worst outing of the season in his last start. The Mets scored six times off him and that represents the most runs he has given up all year. It only took 2-1/3 innings to knock him out of the game. He had some shoulders stiffness and missed a start as a result.
His only career appearance against Arizona was May 19, 2007. He got a ND after six innings of work and two earned runs on seven hits. Rookie 3B Mark Reynolds hit his first career homer off Gorzo in the game and the Bucs bullpen blew a huge lead.
The Dbacks are wicked hot right now. They’ve won 13 out of 15. Unless Gorzy goes really deep in this game, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Franquelis Osoria get a shot. He came up when Jonah Bayliss was demoted after his latest horror showing. Here’s some video from MLB.com of Osoria nearly getting his head taken off by a Derrek Lee liner. I love Vin Scully’s call on this.
The opponent is rookie Micah Owings. Owings has dropped his last four decisions and has seen his ERA rise by over one run since his last win back on June 20. He pitched poorly in a 5/19 start against the Bucs failing to get out of the third inning while giving up seven runs. The Bucs bullpen imploded and he not involved in the decision. He gave up a hit to Don Kelly in that game. That should be an indiciation that maybe Owings won’t be a standout. But who knows.
Prominent Bucs hitting stats in Arizona:
Jose Bautista – 4-12
Jason Bay – 17-57 with 7 homers (second most in any visiting park. First is Great American in Cincy)
Ryan Doumit – 1-6
Cesar Izturis – 45-147
Adam LaRoche – 6-28 with two homers
Nate McLouth – 3-13
Xavier Nady – 9-43 with two homers
Ronny Paulino – 2-9
Josh Phelps – no ABs
Freddy Sanchez – 4-13
Jack Wilson – 15-75
Monday night thoughts
I’m behind on my Joe Posnanski reading. Here is his take on the Morris deal. Given that the title of the post is from Forrest Gump, I take it he’s not a fan of DL’s wisdom. I enjoyed several of the comments that were written on that post.