PNC Park | 1:35 | Gorzelanny vs. Johnny Cueto | Box
Finally, a normal game. The Bucs evened their record at 6-6 as Tom Gorzelanny was pretty sharp over 6-1/3 innings pitched.
He was backed by a solo homer from Ryan Doumit that gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead, a two run homer from Xavier Nady that clinched the game and a three run homer from Jason Bay that plated the final tallies.
After allowing the first two runners to reach base in the first inning, Gorzo retired 13 of the next 15 while the Pirates built a two run lead. The Reds left two runners on in the first and left the bases loaded in the sixth. Gorzy turned the game over to Franquelis Osoria with runners on the corners and one out in the seventh. A single from Ryan Freel drove home the Reds lone run.
After Brian Bixler singled to lead off the home half of the 7th, Osoria stayed in and hit for himself. He layed down a beautiful bunt. There was some communication issues between Edwin Encarnacion and Paul Bako. Those two hesitated in grabbing for the ball. Ultimately Bako picked it up and fired to late to get Osoria. That was his first ML hit in 11 ABs. Bixler’s first knock came the game before.
The Pirates are attempting to sweep the Reds and move back to .500. Last time the Pirates swept a series at home was last April 24, 25 and 26 vs. Houston. That was in the middle of a season high five game winning streak. Last time the Bucs swept Cincinnati at PNC was July 23, 24 and 25 in 2004. Winners were Oliver Perez, John Grabow and Sean Burnett.
They have a tough opponent in rookie flamethrower Johnny Cueto. He is young and throws hard, reminding many Cincy faithful of Mario Soto. Last year, he played in three minor league levels and was 12-9 with 170 strikeouts in 161-1/3 IP.
Early returns in the Show have been nothing but positive. In 13-1/3 IP over two starts, Cueto has struck out 18 and not walked a batter.
Tom Gorzelanny will toe the rubber for the Buccos. Gorzo’s ERA is over 10.00 in two appearances and he has more walks than strikeouts. In two career starts, Gorzo is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA. In his first start against the Reds last year on April 28, Gorzo set down the first 11 Reds before imploding.
None of the Reds have more than six PAs against Gorzelanny. Both Ken Griffey and Edwin Encarnacion have two hits off him.
Looking forward to this one.