PNC Park | 12:35 | Gorzelanny vs. Jason Bergmann | Box
No complaints here. Tom Gorzelanny wasn’t dominant, but it was good enough. Ryan Doumit homered and drove in three. The Bucs are just one game under .500. Is there a hint of optimism in my writing? Perhaps.
Doumit homered with two gone in the first after Freddy Sanchez reached on a Ronnie Belliard error. Doumit added an RBI single in the fifth to put the Pirates up 6-1.
But, Gorzo ran into trouble in the sixth. He left with two aboard and two gone. Sean Burnett relieved and got into more trouble. He walked Dmitri Young and then allowed a two run single to Cristian Guzman. Elijah Dukes singled in another run but was thrown out at second by Xavier Nady to end the inning and Burnett’s day.
Guzman drove home another run in the 8th off of Franquelis Osoria. But doubles from Chris Gomez and Jason Michaels put the final run up and gave the Pirates a two run cushion. Matt Capps, much used of late, was rested in favor of Damaso Marte who worked a perfect 9th for his first save of 2008.
Gorzo went 5-2/3 and gave up three runs. He gave up six hits, walked three and whiffed six. Jason Bergmann was knocked out in the fifth after giving up six runs (four earned).
I don’t know if Jason Bergmann likes to go by Jason or Jay. Depends on which web site you look at. Yahoo! Sports calls him Jason. Baseball Reference calls him. Jay. You can me Jay or you can call me Ray…
Last time he chucked it against the Buccos, the Pirate die hards were in full blown protest mode. That was nearly a year ago on June 30, 2007. Bergmann took the loss that day in what was his first ever start against the Pirates. Bergmann is 1-3 with an ERA+ of 80 in 2008. Don’t let that fool you. He was sent down for a month earlier in the year and came back with three straight scoreless outings and a streak of 19-2/3 scoreless innings. When he is on, he can pitch. But he has been roughed up lately, giving up nine earned runs in his last eleven innings over two starts.
He has a 9.00 ERA in three career appearances against Pittsburgh, covering six innings. None of the Pirates have more than two hits off him, but the team as a whole is 11-29.
If I were an optimist I’d say that today is the day that Tom Gorzelanny turns it around. Well, I’m optimistic, but I’m not going to say that. Gorzo has struggled all year. His ERA remains near 6.00. He was walked more hitters in 2008 than he has struck out. He’d have tow whiff 14 and walk none today for his K:BB to be even at 1.
His only appearance against the Nationals was a win – surprise! – last June 30th against Bergmann. Ronnie Belliard has homered of Gorzo. Lastings Milledge is 2-2.
If anyone was wondering where Bryan Bullington has been, the notebook from today’s Post-Gazette explains. Apparently the Pirates have no need or desire for a Ryan Vogelsong-type pitcher in the bullpen. Vogelsong, by the way, was “dropped for readjustment” from the Hanshin Tigers. As far as I can tell, that means he was demoted to the Japanese minor leagues.