Dolphin Stadium | 1:10 | Snell vs. Rick VandenHurk | Box
The Bucs got another strong pitching performance. This one wasn’t marred by a grand slam or badly damaged by poor fielding. Ian Snell notched his first win of the season with six strong innings of work. He struck out ten and allowed two runs (one earned) while walking none and yielding just four hits.
Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady continued their strong early season efforts. McLouth doubled in the first run of the game in the third and later scoredin the same inning. The Bucs put up four runs in that frame – more than enough for Snell this afternoon. McLouth had three hits, three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Nady sealed the contest with a two run 8th inning homer with McLouth aboard.
Losing pitcher Rick VandenHurk didn’t make it out of that fateful third inning. Super subs (at least super today) Luis Rivas and Chris Gomez had three hits each.
With a seven run lead heading into the last of the 9th, I was thinking we’d see Evan Meek to put him in a spot with little game consequence pressure. Nah, baby, nah. Phil Dumatrait finished up the contest with a scoreless 9th.
VandenHurk was sent to AA after the game. The Buccos have placed Jack Wilson on the DL and recalled Jose Hernandez. Nope just kidding, Brian Bixler was brought up.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports
Marlins pitcher Rick VandenHurk ranks second all-time in wins in the modern era by a pitcher born in the Netherlands. Bert Blyleven is first. Former Boston Red Sox hurler Win Rimmerswaal is third behind VandenHurk. And that’s the list.
VandenHurk made 17 starts in 2007 and didn’t face the Pirates. Given the lack of roster turnover this past offseason in Pittsburgh, it is no surprise that he has yet to face any Pirates. His 2007 performance was a bit underwhelming as his ERA was above 6.00 after his third start and settled in at 6.83. He managed to go 4-6.
Ian Snell’s career stats against Florida aren’t very inspiring. He is 0-1 in two starts with an ERA over 12.00. Both of those appearances came in 2006. Not surpringly, given the Marlins massive roster turnover, that the Marlins club as a whole has just 21 ABs against Snell. Unfortunately, arch-nemesis Mike Jacobs has gone deep off Ian. Given Paul Maholm’s success in striking out the Fish, hopefully Ian will find a groove and blow away a dozen or more.
Florida traded for Wes Helms yesterday. Hard to say if he’ll be in there this afternoon. I’d say chances are slim.
Bob Smizik has given up. If the Pirates somehow manage to right this badly damaged ship, I wonder if Smizik will write a “I never doubted” piece.
I’m not sure what the point of this piece is supposed to be. Dejan Kovacevic seems to be saying that Neal Huntington has done a good job of paring the roster of players who aren’t good enough to play MLB. To me it just says that Dave Littlefield assembled some mediocre talent that anyone – even many in the blogosphere – could identify as not worthy of a roster spot in the Show.