Game #62: Snyder’s Homer Beats Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Danny Haren | Box
The Diamondbacks score three times in the first and then not again until the 9th. Tom Gorzelanny was wobbly early, but settled in to allow just those three runs in seven innings of work. Gorzo and Danny Haren had similar lines – seven innings, five hits and three runs allowed.
The Bucs tied it up thanks to an RBI double from Nate McLouth and solo homers from Jason Bay and McLouth. It was decided by the bullpen. John Grabow pitched a perfect 8th, but allowed a lead off homer to Chris Snyder in the 9th. The Pirates had two men on (at different times, thanks to a caught stealing from Luis Rivas) in the home half of the 9th, but were unable to score off of Brandon Lyon.
For the second time in three days, Xavier Nady didn’t start.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Danny Haren continues on the path to becoming a dominant, front of the rotation starter. He is 6-4 in 2008 with a win in his last outing in which he didn’t allow a run in seven innings pitched. He has allowed three runs or less in nine of his twelve 2008 starts. Haren is 2-0 vs. Pittsburgh all-time. But he has not faced them since 2004, since he has spent the bulk of his career with the A’s. The Pirates with the most experience against him are the one who have been in the AL the most – Doug Mientkiewicz is 4-12 and Jason Michaels is 4-9. The rest of the club is just 4-18 off of him.
Will the real Tom Gorzelanny please stand up? He has taken a big step back this year. He is coming off consecutive starts in which he has failed to pitch effectively. Gorzo has allowed 10 runs in his last 6-2/3 IP. He is 1-0 in two career starts against the Snakes. That win came on August 7th of last year, the same day that Barry Bonds broke THE record.
The Diamondbacks are 13-49 off of Gorzelanny. Both Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds have homered off him. Upton has three hits in three ABs of Gorzo – a double, a triple and a dinger.

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