Game #126 at Colorado

Coors Field | 3:05 | Maholm vs. Franklin Morales | Box
There are a few words that come to mind when I see a lineup featuring Nate McLouth, Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Josh Phelps, Jason Bay, Jose Bautista, Carlos Maldonado and Matt Kata. And “win” isn’t one of them.
Somehow, though, some way—that lineup did it for the Bucs on Thursday. Josh Phelps went 4 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI, Freddy went 2 for 3 and scored three runs, and Paul Maholm threw seven innings of one-run ball. All things considered, it was a team effort from a rather motley crew of Pirates.
After their series with the Bucs, the Rockies sit at 64-63, 7.5 games back in the NL West. Pittsburgh, at 55-71, is 10 behind Chicago in the NL Central.
Pre-game Thoughts
Paul Maholm looks to reach double digits in wins tonight. He didn’t pitch well last time out, giving up six earnies in seven innings, but got the win thanks to the newly found offense.
He has faced the Stones just once in his career and gave up three hits to both Garrett Atkins and Jamey Carroll. That game was in Coors last June. He took the loss after giving up four runs in five innings.
The opponent is a fresh faced rookie named Franklin Morales. His ML debut came 8/18 against the Dodgers. He was effective in 5-1/3, giving up one run and no walks while striking out four. He was 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA in the minors this year. Last year at High A ball he whiffed better than a batter per inning. He is 21 years old and is a native of Venezuela. I am afraid of him.
As Cory noted, Nate McLouth is swinging the hot stick. I haven’t fully looked, but the last Bucco CF to swat 7 dingers in a single month was most likely Brian Giles. I’ll have to look at some CFs of more recent vintage, but I’m reasonably (definitely) certain it wasn’t Tike Redman.
Wednesday Night Thoughts
Not that I wish for a 30 run smack down on anybody – well, except on Tony LaRussa – but between that and Brandon Webb’s consecutive inning streak, I was pleased that Michael Vick was bumped from the top slot on SportsCenter. Speaking of Tike Redman, he had a hit for the O’s in the debacle. How did Baltimore not put a position player in at pitcher?
The Rajai Davis Phenomena suffered a potential derailment. 0-5 with four whiffs yesterday. His seasonal BA is back below .300.

2 Responses to “Game #126 at Colorado”

  1. Randy Linville Says:

    Josh Phelps has three runs driven in on a pair of doubles. Maholm has pitched well.
    In the “Hey wait a minute! I thought that guy was going to be traded to my team!” category, the Cubs have acquired Craig Monroe. See the link:;_ylt=At3gGQLUOXIqV.t1n.AYEEcRvLYF?slug=ap-cubs-tigerstrade&prov=ap&type=lgns

  2. Cory Humes Says:

    Yeah, I guess it’s time to delete my “Pirates acquire Craig Monroe” draft that’s been saved since … when, just after the trade deadline?
    I thought I was being so smooth, too, writing it in advance. Guess I jinxed it?

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