AT&T Park at PacBell/Candlestick Yards | 10:15 | Morris vs. Russ Ortiz | Box
The Pirates rallied for six runs in the 8th to take this one. The big blow was a go ahead two run single from Freddy Sanchez. Matt Morris was ineffective. He gave up 758 to Barry Bonds and allowed five runs overall in six innings pitched.
The 8th inning rally made a winner out of John Grabow who entered the 7th with runners on the corner and none out to clean up the mess left by Masumi Kuwata. He allowed a run to score on a SF by Bonds and that was it.
Salomon Torres almost gave the lead back. He allowed a run in the 8th and was poised to give up a second if not for a nice defensive play by Jose Bautista. With one run in already and runners on second and third and one out, thanks in part to an error and wild pitch from Torres, Rajai Davis hit a slow roller down the third base line to Bautista. Bautista threw home in time to nail Daniel Ortmeier and prevent the tying run from scoring. Davis was credited with a fielder’s choice, but the recap at the Pirates official site said that Bautista couldn’t have gotten Davis at first. As good of a play as this apparently was, it doesn’t make the video highlights at the Pirates official site. Go figure.
Speaking of Davis, he had three hits (and maybe should’ve been credited with a fourth) and was just a homer shy of the cycle. He stole a base and scored four runs. Was this a fluke or some revenge against his old team? Or was Cory dead on with his assessment of the Giants unlocking Davis’ potential? That was his second three hit game in a row. He’s had mutliple hits in each of his last three starts.
Russ Ortiz did a decent job. He went five innings and allowed two runs on four hits and a pair of walks.
Ryan Doumit hit his second career triple.
Pirates offical site
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The Bucs should look to jump all over Russ Ortiz. The former All-Star hasn’t pitched in two months after being demoted from the starting rotation and then being disabled with forearm problems. He only pitched truly awful in one start – his last one on 5/1. He beat the Bucs early in the season on 4/13. In that game, he was an out away from a complete game after allowing five runs on 10 hits.
Bucs have had some success against Ortiz. Jason Bay is 6-14. Cesar Izturis is 10-31. Jack Wilson is 6-15.
Bucs career numbers in San Fran:
Jose Bautista – 3-11 with two dingers
Jason Bay – 11-30 with a pair of homers
Jose Castillo – 11-38
Ryan Doumit – no ABs
Cesar Izturis – 35-132
Adam LaRoche – 9-25
Nate McLouth – 3-14
Xavier Nady – 16-52
Ronny Paulino – 3-13
Freddy Sanchez – 2-14
Jack Wilson – 13-70
Matt Morris is making his second Bucco appearance. He got a ND in his first start against the Reds. He is 9-11 with a 4.20 ERA for his career at his former home stadium.
Barry Bonds has struggled against Morris, going just 2-14. Ryan Klesko (9-25) and Ray Durham (5-13) have both hit him pretty well.
Press Pass notes are up.
Really enjoyed Eric Neel’s latest piece on Bonds and Mantle. And I agree with him.
Thursday night thoughts
Anyone have any thoughts on the Wii? Good? Bad? Suggestions? Concerns? Tips? Any must have accessories?
Congrats to Tike Redman who returned to the Majors for the first time since 2005. He was hitting .300 with Baltimore’s AAA team in Norfolk and had posted a .370 OBP in 293 at bats. He was going to be used as a PH in last nights Mariners/O’s game but was lifted himself for a PH when Seattle changed pitchers.