PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. John Lannan | Box
If this marks the return of Ian Snell to the first part of last season, then I’m all for it. If this is merely a tease, then in the short term I’m all for it. Snell went into the seventh inning, allowed just one run and struck out six to pick up his first win since mid-April.
He was backed the by the ultra-hot bat of Ryan Doumit, who collected three knocks, one of which was his third homer in the last two games. ‘
The bullpen tossed three shutout innings. Matt Capps picked up the save.
If there were any burps it was that the offense let John Lannan off the hook. In the first the Pirates had runners at second and third with one in and none out and couldn’t put another tally on the board. In the second. Lannan left the bases loaded by getting Freddy Sanchez to ground into an inning ending DP. Lannan tossed six innings and gave up two runs.
The Pirates have seen John Lannan before. They brought a quick halt to his scoreless innings streak on May 2 and handed him a loss after beating him for five earned runs in three innings. Despite that loss and his overall 4-6 record, his ERA+ is a solid 120.
That May 2 contest was his only appearance against the Pirates in his young career (18 career appearances). Jose Bautista struck the big blow – a three run homer – in that game.
Compare and contrast – Ian Snell’s break out year last year ended with an ERA+ of 116. So far this year it rests at 72. After dropping his last foru starts, Snell’s record is 2-6. He took the loss on May 4 against Washington. That was Snell’s first decision in six career appearances against Washington. His ERA is 4.34 over 29 innings.
He hasn’t fooled many of the Washington hitters. They are 20-59 collectively against him. Aaron Boone, Ryan Langerhans and Dmitri Young have homered off of Snell.