Game #123 at Colorado

Coors Field | 9:05 | Morris vs. Ubaldo Jimenez | Box
The Bucs did it again. Josh Phelps hit an 8th inning PH HR to tie the score at 2. The Bucs used Brian Fuentes wildness and an error to push two runs across in the 11th to win it. Fuentes walked Cesar Izturis and plunked Matt Kata. Freddy Sanchez blooped a single for the go ahead run and an error later in the inning from Garret Atkins scored Kata for the final tally.
Matt Herges, who will one day tell his grandkids that he was traded for Chris Young, tossed a perfect inning for Colorado.
Recaps
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Pre-game Thoughts
Matt Morris will be looking for his first win as a Pirate. He has not been effective in any of his three starts for the Steel City 9. In 18-1/3 IP he’s allowed 14 earned runs while striking out eight and walking eight. Morris has made five starts in Coors and is 1-2 with a suitable Coors ERA of 7.30.
None of the Rockies have owned Morris. Matt Holliday is 4-11 with a homer. Todd Helton is just 7-27 but three of those knocks have been the four base variety.
The opponent is rookie flame thrower Ubaldo Jimenez. He is coming off his best pitched game of the year. He went six innings and gave up one hit and no runs against the Padres while striking out 9. For the season he has 31 whiffs in 30-2/3 innings pitched. In eight career appearances he has never faced the Pirates.
Buccos in Coors:
Jose Bautista – 1-5
Jason Bay – 13-25 with two homers
Jose Castillo – 12-32
Cesar Izturis – 41-128
Matt Kata – 16-40
Adam LaRoche – 9-31
Nate McLouth – 2-11
Xavier Nady – 18-63 with four homers
Ronny Paulino – 5-8
Josh Phelps – no at bats
Freddy Sanchez – 10-25
Jack Wilson – 21-73
Several Pirates have been having some good fortune at the plate in August. With 1/3 of the month left, Jack Wilson is hitting .413. He’s added 8 walks to his 19 hits for an OBP of .500. Maybe the Cesar Izturis deal was worth it to light a flame under Jack and increase his trade value. Freddy Sanchez has 28 hits, including 8 doubles, and 11 walks for a .373/.461/.560 split. Adam LaRoche’s OPS is approaching 1.000. With consistent playing time, Nate McLouth has found his power stroke, crushing four homers in the month and hitting nearly .300. Keep it up fellas.

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4 Responses to “Game #123 at Colorado”

  1. Travis Says:

    You make a key point about competition promoting excellence. Most successful organizations have competition at almost every position. That also allows realistic bargaining when making trades. Jack even responded after his benching. Which is maybe why Ronnie turned around and had a great game after Tracy finally openly stated maybe they might have to consider his playing time (about 3 months late). You don’t have to make those type of statements public either.

  2. Cory Humes Says:

    What I wouldn’t give to hear Greg Brown screaming “Bay Day, Bay Day” all throughout this series.
    If Jason’s going to get back on track, those numbers suggest this is as good a time as any.

  3. Travis Says:

    I see Nady for MVP is nominated for the Hank Aaron award. Time for me to eat my words.

  4. Randy Linville Says:

    Matt Morris had his best start as a Pirate. He went 6-2/3 and gave up just one earned run. A pair of Jose Bautista errors led to the Stones first run. Josh Phelps homered to tie it. Its the 9th and it is 2 a piece.
    In semi-related news, the Rajai Davis Phenomena had a hit and stole his 9th base in 10 tries as a Giant. He also made six diving catches, rescued a cat from a tree, submitted a balanced budget for the state of California and developed a renewable and pollution-free energy source, causing the price of gas to drop by 50%.


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