Coors Field | 9:05 | Armas vs. Elmer Dessens | Box
Ian Stewart’s career checklist:
Make the Show – check
Get a hit – check
Hit a homer – check
Hit a grand slam – check
Stewart accomplished the final two of the above in beating back Tony Armas and the Pirates. Stewart came into the game with 7 career ABs and only one career start. Elmer Dessens wasn’t around for the decision. Taylor Buchholz tossed 3-1/3 of one hit relief for the W.
Shane Youman relieved Armas and gave up back-to-back homers.
On the positive side, Nate McLouth had a pair of hits, including a homer.
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Finally, the pitching match up we’ve been waiting to see. Not sure why this isn’t on national TV.
After being pulled from the starting rotation, Tony Armas was reinstated in August and made two solid starts. He went 12-1/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs. He reverted to form in his third August start, failing to retire 9 hitters and allowing five runs. The Pirates saved him by scoring 10 times. The Pirates have averaged 6.9 runs per game over Armas’ 10 starts in 2007, yet are just 5-5 in his starts due to his poor pitching.
Armas is 2-2 with a 7.26 ERA in his career against the Rockies. In Coors he’s 2-1 with a 6.53 ERA. Todd Helton is 7-14 with 2 homers and seven walks. Brad Hawpe is 3-6. No other Rockie has more than two hits of Armas. No other Stone – other than Helton – has faced Armas more than 10 times.
Once upon a time the Pirates had Elmer Dessens and once upon a time, he was decent. And now that I’ve said that, I’m sure he’ll fire a complete game shutout at the Pirates.
In 2007 he was released by Milwaukee after 12 ineffective relief appearances covering 15 innigs. His ERA+ was 66. Colorado picked him up and started him in his first appearance on 8/16. That was his first start since 10/2/05 with LA. He wasn’t very good, failing to make it out of the fifth inning and giving up five runs against the Padres.
Dessens is 3-5 with a 4.60 ERA against the Pirates for his career. In Denver he is 2-1 with a 7.27 ERA. Jack Wilson is just 4-25 against him. Cesar Izturis is 8-23 with a homer. Xavier Nady is 3-8. Nobody else has face Dessens five times.
Look for some fireworks in the Mile High City tonight.
Monday Night Thoughts
Congratulations to Tim Wakefield who won his 15th game of the year against Tampa. That’s his fourth season of 15 or more wins since 1995. Over that same period of time, the Pirates franchis has had exactly one fifteen game winner, Todd Ritchie in 1999. But, I’m glad the Bucs released Wakefield. It was the right move. There’s no sense in keeping a guy with a goofy pitch, no matter how solid and durable he is.