PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Tom Glavine | Box
Well, the Mother Ship refers to this one as a walk off win. I would take exception to that because in the strictest sense, a walk off win is one where the batter doesn’t even have to touch first base. In this case, Freddy Sanchez delivered a game winning single with two outs in the 9th. Had he failed to touch first, there would’ve been a force out and the run that Brian Bixler scored wouldn’t have been counted. But, I guess I’m picky.
Ian Snell and Tom Glavine both pitched pretty well. It was Snell’s longest go of the season, though he walked six hitters. He was in line for the W, but Damaso Marte and Tyler Yates allowed the tying run to score in the 8th. That set the stage for Sanchez’ dramatics – walk off or not.
John Grabow pitched a scoreless 9th for the win.
Opening Day redux. Same two hurlers went at it on March 31. Neither was involved in the decision.
The Pirates as a whole have done well against Tom Glavine. Especially the big hitters. Jason Bay is 7-19 with two homers. Freddy Sanchez is 6-16. Adam LaRoche is 6-10. Xavier Nady is 4-11.
Glavine is 22-12 with a 3.09 ERA all time vs. the Buccos. The Pirates have not hung a loss on him since 2002. He is 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA at PNC in four starts.
Snell is 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA for his career against the Braves. Brian McCann has swung the heavy lumber against Snell. He is 7-12 with three homers and 13 RBI. Jeff Francouer is just 3-14 with seven whiffs.
Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports wrote about the frequency of maple bats shattering, focusing on the injury to Bucs hitting coach Don Long. So far there have been more devastating injuries to pitchers hit by batted balls than there have to players, coaches, etc. being hit by pieces of broken bat. I’d much rather see some sort of protective head gear on pitchers before they alter the handle of a maple bat or put nets around the lower bowl of stadiums to protect the seats near home plate.