PNC Park | 1:35 | Maholm vs. Brett Myers | Box
Not sure what was more unlikely:
A. Paul Maholm firing a complete game two hitter or
B. Me seeing a Philly fan in a Jim Eisenreich jersey on the concourse at PNC
What a great day to be at the ballyard. As Chris pointed out in the comments, my pre-game notes were a bit foreboding. Maholm hadn’t pitch well against the Phillies. Brett Myers had been tough on the Pirates. Maholm was excellent, facing just three over the minimum in going the distance. Myers was roughed up as Nate McLouth hit a pair of dingers.
The Pirate defense was good. Jose Bautista made a nice play at third and Xavier Nady made an outstanding diving catch in right. Bautista had three hits and an SB and Adam LaRoche had a pair of knocks.
It was a great day all around. My brother snagged a batting practice ground rule double off the bat of Chase Utley. I got Manny Sanguillen to sign a photo that I had taken of him and me last year. I got a photo taken of me with Kent Tekulve and as, noticed by Raise the Jolly Roger in the comments, my name was randomly pulled after signing up to be the designated driver of the game. My prize was a nice pullover windbreaker.
The only bad news was that Nady’s consecutive game hitting streak ended.
Brett Myers ranks third in games won by a pitcher born in 1980 behind C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett. Despite a nice 2.31 career ERA vs. the Bucs, his record stands at 2-3. His only appearance against Pittsburgh in 2007 was in relief. He is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in PNC.
The Bucs as a team are just 16-74 off Myers. Jason Bay is 5-10 with a homer.
Paul Maholm will be tasked with salvaging one game of the three game set. He is 2-1 with a 6.50 ERA vs. Philly all-time. He won his only start against Philadelphia in 2007 despite not pitching well at all. In that post I discussed having three players reach 80 RBI. The 2007 Bucs did it with Adam LaRoche, Bay and Freddy Sanchez.
The Phillies have pounded Maholm. The club as a whole is 26-56 against him. The only player hitting less than .300 against Maholm is Ryan Howard, who is 2-9. So Taguchi is 7-12.
Brent Lillibridge, the other part of the package that brought Adam LaRoche and Jamie Romak to Pittsburgh, made his MLB debut last night and whiffed three times. In the Yahoo! box score he is listed as “unknown”.