Friendly Confines | 2:20 | Gorzelanny vs. Sean Gallagher | Box
Alfonso Soriano homered in each of the first two innings as the Cubs jumped out in front of the Pirates and never looked back. Tom Gorzelanny falls to 0-3 vs. the Cubbies already in 2008. He gave up six runs in the first two innings and left after six after having surrendered seven.
Sean Gallagher wasn’t smashing any watermelons, but he didn’t give up many hits. He allowed one run on four hits in six innings to pick up his first win.
Doug Mientkiewicz and Jason Bay homered in the 8th to cut the lead to 7-4. But the Bucs went down quickly to Kerry Wood in the 9th.
The Pirates are once again threatening to reach .500. A win today would do it.
As unfamiliar as that would be, the opponent in today’s contest is also unfamiliar. He is Sean Gallagher, owner of 11 career MLB appearances. He won’t be 23 until December of this year. He faced the Pirates once last year. He got four outs in relief while surrending one unearned run. The lone Pirate knock came off the bat of Xavier Nady.
Gallagher hit double digits in wins in three straight minor league campaigns. Here’s a scouting report on him from Baseball Fever. Not great stuff, but heady from what the post says.
After missing a turn with some back issues, Tom Gorzelanny tossed a season high 7-1/3 innings and issued a season low two walks in his last start. He had a terrible outing against the Cubs on April 19th, failing to make it past the third inning. He had an equally poor showing on April 7th against the Cubs.
Gorzo is 2-3 with a 6.06 career ERA against the Cubs in six starts. That includes a 1-3 mark with a 5.40 ERA in Wrigley. Collectively, the Cubs have done very well. They are hitting at a .326 clip in 95 at bats. Derrek Lee is 7-12 with two homers. Geovany Soto is 6-9. On the flip side, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez are both 2-14.