Nationals Park | 1:05 | Maholm vs. Matt Chico | Box
Which one is less likely:
1. The Bucs would score 8 runs in support of Paul Maholm and not win or
2. Cristian Guzman would drive home six runners.
Well, both happened today. Matt Bandi was on assignment in the Capitol City for PLC and his comment about Maholm summed up the day. He didn’t look good and the baddest (Guzman) of a bad lineup did.
Maholm gave up seven runs in five innings of work to get the loss. Matt Chico didn’t stick around to get the win. He was knocked out in the fifth, leaving the W to Jesus Colome.
The offense was better than solid with 14 hits and 8 runs. Jose Bautista continues to surge with three hits, including another dinger, and three runs knocked in. Xavier Nady took a glancing blow off the helmet, but remained in the game. Even Adam LaRoche had two hits.
Guzman actually drove in six runs one other time – way back on 6/24/01 against Detroit.
In team news, Tom Gorzelanny will miss his next start with back trouble that caused him to leave his last time out. No word on who will take his place in the rotation. I’m rooting for Jimmy Anderson. The Gorzy bobblehead that I picked up last weekend in the Steel City is obscene.
If Jose Lind was still active, no doubt that Fleer would come up with a dumb card for Lind and Matt Chico along the same lines as this one.
Matt Chico is a rather unpretty 0-5 in six starts in 2008. He has had just one good outing and got a hard luck loss in that one. He has faced the Pirates twice, both in June of 2007. June 7 is a blur for me as I was on the road when I found out that Pirates had taken Daniel Moskos who was unknown to me. His other start was June 27.
The Pirates are just 6-36 off Chico. Freddy Sanchez has a double and a homer in six trips.
Paul Maholm was stellar in his last outing, a complete game W. In two career starts vs. Washington, Maholm is winless against one loss. Maholm took the loss in his only start against Washington in 2007. That was back on July 1.
Maholm’s track record against the 2008 batch of Nats is solid. They have 16 hits in 70 ABs and have whiffed 16 times, while getting just three passes. None of the Current Nats have more than three hits of Maholm.
The Pirates released minor league pitcher Olivo Astacio earlier this week. The reason was reported in today’s Post-Gazette. He swung a bat at a teammate.