Game #122 vs. Phillies

PNC Park | 1:35 | Snell vs. Kyle Lohse | Box
I’m confounded by the Pirates newly found ability to score runs late. It happened again and it led to a series win over the competitive Phillies. Kyle Lohse was on through six, having allowed no runs on just three hits. But with two gone and Xavier Nady on first, things went south in the 7th inning. Trailing 4-0, the Pirates scored seven times. Matt Kata delivered the first blow – a bases loaded triple that emptied the bases and brought the score to 4-3 Phillies. That was it for Lohse. J.C. Romero came in. Nate McLouth tied it with a double. Anonio Alfonseca entered. Freddy Sanchez delivered the go ahead hit and Nady drove in the final two runs of the frame with his second hit of the inning. Jack Wilson’s RBI in the 8th was the final run.
Ian Snell was good enough to win. He allowed all four Phillie runs. All of them came on homers. Jimmy Rollins ripped one leading off the game. Russell Branyan smacked a three run homer in the 6th. Snell went seven and struck out ten, reaching double digits in Ks for the first time since his first start of the season when he whiffed 11.
Carlos Maldonado made his first start of the year and was lifted for a PH in the 7th.
Rain delayed the start of the game. According to the AP recap, three delays totaled more than 2 hours.
Recaps
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports – Phils were 1-13 with RISP

Pre-game Thoughts
Kyle Lohse is an enigma. He was pitching poorly leading up to his only 2007 start against the Pirates. In his previous three starts he pitched 10 innings and given up 17 earned runs. So, on May 28, 2007 he threw a six hit shutout against the Pirates. Including that start, Lohse’s ERA has been a respectable 4.09 since. Overall vs Pittsburgh he is 2-0 and has allowed just one earned run in 18-2/3 IP. This will be his first career start and second career appearance in PNC.
The current roster of Pirates includes just one player who has 10 or more ABs against Lohse (Josh Phelps is 3-10) and just one player who has homered off him (Ryan Doumit and he won’t be playing).
Ian Snell is 6-4 with a 3.42 ERA at home. That’s nice. What’s not so nice is that he is winless in seven starts since the All-Star break with a 6.69 ERA. He has gotten a no decision in his last two starts and pitched fairly well – 13 IP and 5 earned runs.
One of those second half losses came at the hands of the Phillies on 7/29. Snell is 2-2 career vs Philadelphia with a 4.32 ERA. No Phillies have homered off him, but Jimmy Rollins has gone 7-12. Tad Iguchi is 3-6 and Pat Burrell is 3-8.

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