Shea Stadium | 7:10 | Snell vs. Johan Santana | Box
They got one in tonight at Shea. The Pirates made a late inning comeback but fell short in extra frames.
Ian Snell was a bit uneven and was done in partly by some faulty defense. He walked five hitters in 4-1/3 innings of effort. He gave up four runs. He was chased in the fifth after he loaded the bases thanks to some extent by a Freddy Sanchez error. Damaso Marte put out the flames by whiffing Ryan Church, who had belted a two run homer earlier, and Carlos Delgado.
The Pirates drew first blood, getting solo homers from Nate McLouth and Jason Bay.
The Pirates pulled to within one in the 8th. Adam LaRoche was walked with the bases full and one gone. But former Buc Duaner Sanchez got Jose Bautista and Ronny Paulino without any more damage. In the 9th the Pirates tied it when Sanchez hit a two out single off of Billy Wagner.
John Van Benschoten made his 2008 debut and picked up the loss. He started the 11th and got just one out. Endy Chavez singled to lead off the inning. A balk moved him to second. A sac bunt moved him up another 30 yards. Two players were given free passes to set up a force play. But David Wright singled in Chavez to end it.
Prior to Van Benschoten’s arrival, the pen had allowed no runs in 5-2/3. The slingers were Marte, Tyler Yates, John Grabow and Franquelis Osoria.
Well, this one was rained out. So, nothing Bucco related to say.
I spent the early part of this evening wondering if Mindy McCready would pass the Polaroid test. I used to work with a guy who had served in the Army during the first Gulf War. With their long deployment, many of the troops got restless, if you know what I mean. Whenever an officer threw away his career by having an affair with an enlisted female, the question in the ranks was, “Would she pass the Polaroid test?” In other words, show me a picture of her so I can decide if she was good looking enough to lose military career over.
The Pirates will have a look at two time Cy Young Award winner and three time All-Star Johan Santana. Thanks to the mockery that is interleague play, Santana has appeared twice against the Bucs. Most recently he started and won on 6/18/06.
Chris Gomez is the only Pirate with an RBI off Santana. Surprisingly, he is 8-14 against the Mets ace.
Ian Snell’s 2008 record stands at 2-1 with an ERA in the 4.50 range. He is 0-1 vs. the Mets with a 6.11 career ERA in four appearances (three starts). The Mets as a collective group are 19-69 vs. Snell and no one has hit him particularly well, save Endy Chavez who is 3-3. Snell has struck out 22 of the current Mets against issuing just five walks.
Bucs officially released Matt Morris and recalled John Van Benschoten. Probably the right move. When the trade happened that brought Matty Mo over, I never figured it would end like this. I thought he’d be good for 10 to 14 wins and perhaps be good trade bait. Well, I was off a tad. I remember explaining to my brother that I thought that paying that much for a #3 starter wasn’t horrible, given the market. Look what Jeff Suppan got from Milwaukee, for example. What I didn’t count on was that Morris was no longer fooling anyone or blowing them away.