PNC Park | 7:05 | Dumatrait vs. Jason Marquis | Box
Jason Bay delivered a two run homer to put the Pirates up early and then had the game winning single in the 14th inning after Tyler Yates blew a 9th inning lead.
It looked like a different Phil Dumatrait tonight. He was effective in 5-1/3 IP. He ran into trouble in the fifth after taking a Ryan Theriot comebacker off the lower thigh, just above the knee cap. Franquelis Osoria bailed him out and the Bucs had a 2 run lead in the 8th.
But Yates gave up three runs as four of the first five hitters he faced reached base. The Pirates came back in the 9th against Kerry Wood. A sac fly from Luis Rivas tied it. Wood settled down to get Bay with two on and two out. No such luck in the 14th as Bay delivered off of Michael Wuertz.
Both Matt Capps and John Grabow pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen.
Anyone else less than thrilled that Jason Michaels is wearing #18? I wasn’t very happy when they let Jason Kendall wear it. At least he was a very good player for several years. Since Kendall left, Sean Burnett had it in 2005. You’d think between Van Slyke and Kendall that they’d let that number rest awhile. Guess not.
Phil Dumatrait will make his sixth appearance against the Cubs in 2008. His last time out was a start that didn’t go so well as he couldn’t find the plate.
Dumatrait is 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA against the Cubs in 15-2/3 IP. The Cubs are hitting just .250 against Dumatrait, but he has walked 18 hitters, giving the team a .431 OBP.
Jason Marquis has two wins in 2008. Both have come against Pittsburgh. He started against Dumatrait on 5/18 and was the benefactor of Dumatrait’s wildness. Marquis is now 7-5 with a 3.98 ERA against the Pirates. He is 4-3 at PNC.
Freddy Sanchez is 3-6 against Marquis in 2008. But he is just 6-28 against Marquis for his whole career. Jason Bay is 14-40 with four home runs.
Jason Michaels has a sense of humor, something that is greatly appreciated by me. His bio states that one of his hobbies is spearfishing. He made it up.