Game #52: Gorzo Knocked Out in the First

Great American BallPark | 7:10 | Gorzelanny vs. Bronson Arroyo | Box
Let’s play $20,000 Pyramid.
Here are the clues:
the Britney Spears/Jason Alexander wedding
French resistance at the onset of WWII
Tonight’s Reds/Pirates game
The correct category: things that are over shortly after they begin.
Tom Gorzelanny gave up six runs and retired two hitters before being yanked for Franquelis Osoria. Joey Votto and David Ross both drove in a pair in the first.
That was all Bronson Arroyo needed as he yielded only three hits in six innings of toiling. The Pirates lone run scored when Osoria beat out an infield dribbler in the third. It was the second career hit and first career RBI for Osoria. Both of his hits have come against the Reds.
The Pirates are now in the cellar.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Bronson Arroyo is the all-time leader in wins among players born in Key West, FL. He is third all-time among Key West natives in homers behind Shane Spencer and John Patterson.
After being clobbered for seven runs in four outs on May 4 against the Braves, Arroyo has won two of his last four starts and has dropped his ERA by three runs. That ERA is still ugly at 5.68. He has whiffed nine hitters in two of those last four starts.
He received a no decision in his first 2008 start against the Pirates. That was April 12th, a game that the Pirates won eventually.
Arroyo’s career mark against the Pirates is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA. The Pirates are hitting .318 against Arroyo as a group. Four different players have hit homers, including Doug Mientkiewicz who is 6-9 career off of Arroyo.
By winning three of his last four starts, Tom Gorzelanny has evened his 2008 record at 4-4. His ERA is a rather unhealthy 6.31. Gorzo’s season can be summarized in one stat: he has walked more hitters than he has whiffed.
Gorzelanny’s first win of 2008 came against the Reds on April 13th. He is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in three career starts vs. Cincinnati. He has yet to start at Great American. The Reds are 12-46 against Gorzo and nobody on the current club has more than two hits.
The Stats Geek is laying claim that the Pirates trio of Jason Bay, Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady is best outfield in baseball. If the Dodgers were getting anything at all from Andruw Jones, they could make a claim with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Last time the Pirates had the best outfield in baseball? 1991 with Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke and Barry Bonds. The 1996 outfield of Al Martin, Mike Kingery and Orlando Merced was also highly regarded. Just kidding.

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