Game #11 vs. Cincinnati

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Bronson Arroyo | Box
I’m still waiting for the Pirates to play a clean game in which they either lose or win by a big margin. Those types of games have been few thus far in 2008.
It was another tight one and another win tonight for the Buccos. And it was far from pretty. The Reds made three errors, left 11 men on base, hit into a pair of double plays and had a runner thrown out at home.
Ian Snell benefited from the Reds inability to get runners home. He went 6-1/3 and gave up nine hits and three runs. Bronson Arroyo gave up two earned runs in five innings. Former Pirates Mike Lincoln was the loser in relief giving up the game winning run.
That run was scored by rookie Brian Bixler who reached base on his first MLB hit. He later scored when Xavier Nady poked one off the end of his bat and it dribbled into right field.
Nate McLouth and Nady had a pair of hits. Matt Capps finished up for the save.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Bronson Arroyo would most likely be in the rotation of “Former Pirates that went on to success after leaving in the last decade”. Jason Schmidt, Jon Lieber, Esteban Loaiza, Tim Wakefield would likely round out the rotation. If you count guys that never appeared in the Show for the Steel City nine, Chris Young would make the cut. I’m unable to talk about Oliver Perez objectively.
After being acquired from the Red Sox for Wily Mo Pena, Arroyo was dazzling in 2006, making the All-Star team and posting a 142 ERA plus. Last year was a bit less dazzling – just 9-15 and an ERA+ of 110. Arroyo’s career BA is pretty bad, but he owns three career homers. That’s one more than former Bucco SS Frank Taveras.
He is off to a slow start in 2008. In two starts he has given up seven earned runs in 10-2/3 IP. Arroyo is 4-5 in 18 career appearances at PNC, including 11 starts. He is 1-3 career against Pittsburgh with a 4.65 ERA.
Among Bucco regulars, Jason Bay has had the most success off Bronson. He is 6-14 with two doubles. Four Pirates have hit homers off Arroyo – Xavier Nady, Adam LaRoche, Nate McLouth and Doug Mientkiewicz.
Ian Snell will look to build on his second start of 2008, when he struck out 8 Fish and notched the win. Snell has had his share of trouble with the Reds. In seven career appearances – all starts – he is just 2-4 with a 5.62 ERA. That includes a 1-3 mark in 2007.
Snell has been torched by both Javier Valentin (9-16 with two homers) and Ken Griffey (6-11 with a dinger).

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