Coors Field | 9:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Josh Fogg | Box
The Pirates brought out the bats in Denver. The Lumber Company popped a season high six dingers to support the sparkling effort of Tom Gorzelanny. Nate McLouth hit two. Jack Wilson continued his hot hitting with a homer and three RBI. Freddy Sanchez had four hits and a homer. Jason Bay and Xavier Nady also went downtown.
Josh Fogg was yanked after allowing McLouth’s homer leading off the third. Gorzo allowed just one earned run in six IP.
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Once upon a time, I thought Josh Fogg was going to be good. And I once thought I was going to play basketball in college. Big dreams die hard.
Fogg has been average his whole career. He’s never been downright awful and he’s never posted a season with an ERA+ of better than 100. He’s just 7-9 this year, but is 6-3 in his last nine decisions, despite a pedestrian 4.61 ERA over that time frame (11 starts).
He is 1-0 against his old team. He beat the Pirates in PNC back in July by allowing only five hits and two runs in seven innings. Only Cesar Izturis (3-8) and Adam LaRoche (3-11) have more than two hits off of Fogg. Nate McLouth has homered off him. Fogg is 11-8 with a 5.67 ERA at Coors. That includes a 4-3 record and a 4.83 ERA in 2007.
Tom Gorzelanny makes his first go around in Denver. After two straight good outings, Gorzo was beaten around by Philly last time out, giving up five earnies in five IP and suffering the loss. His only appearance against Colorado came on 7/18/06 and he was beaten when he allowed five runs in 2-2/3. The only current Stone with a hit off Gorzo is Yorvit Torrealba.
The Post-Gazette’s game recap noted that Jason Bay came out of the game due to flu-like symptoms. They have changed the layout at the Post-Gazette and, for some reason, the pages are loading v e r y s l o w l y. Hopefully that’s only temporary.
Count down to 82 losses:
At 53-71, the team needs to go 29-9 over the final 38 games to prevent another sub .500 season. The best 38 game stretch in 2007 is 18-20. Anybody optimistic?
Tuesday Night Thoughts
Really liked the The Bronx is Burning Episode last night. Can you imagine if we could still hear Howard Cosell and Keith Jackson call post-season games? I don’t dislike Jack Buck and Tim McCarver as much as some, but KJ and Howard would be great.