Game #70: Pen Blows Another, But Bucs Win in Extras

Camden Yards | 1:35 | Maholm vs. Daniel Cabrera | Box
The Pirates staked starter Paul Maholm to an early four run lead. And he pitched well enough – two earned in six – to get the win. But, with some help from an error by Jose Bautista to start the 9th, Matt Capps blew the lead by giving up a pair of runs.
In extras, the offense didn’t waste anytime, taping together a walk and two singles to plate the go ahead run. Capps retired the side in order in the 10th (no balls were hit to Bautista) to get the win and end the game.
Good call by Eric in the comments. O’s starter Daniel Cabrera gave up four runs in six innings on six hits and five walks. Not a good outing by him.
For the Bucs offense, Jason Bay scored three runs, including the game winner. Jason Michaels drove home a pair. Nate McLouth homered and Xavier Nady played after leaving the game last night with what is officially a contusion. Adam LaRoche drove in the game winner.
Off day tomorrow…

Pre-Game Thoughts
Bucs trying to avoid a sweep with a win today.
Paul Maholm has won his last two decisions. But got the ND last time after going 6-2/3 against the Nats and surrendering four runs. His ERA for 2008 remains below league average.
At bats vs. Maholm on the O’s are rare. There are just three hits and at bats. Former Astro Luke Scott is 2-3. Alex Cintron – ex of Arizona – has a double.
Daniel Cabrera’s career went from promising to stalled somewhere in the last couple of years. Perhaps in the same fashion as Zach Duke. Except Cabrera strikes out hitters. And walks them a lot, too.
Cabrera was a double digit winner as a rookie, but has regressed as his strikeout:walk ratio deteriorated. Last year he lost 18 times. He is 5-2 this year with an ERA that is about league average. He has not won since May 12 and has given up 12 earned runs in 11 innings in his last two starts.
The Bucs are 4-10 against Cabrera. Adam LaRoche has homered.

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2 Responses to “Game #70: Pen Blows Another, But Bucs Win in Extras”

  1. eric Says:

    Cabrera looked like he finally figured it out in April and May but has fallen back into familiar mechanical problems. Guys that tall struggle repeating their delivery and he is no different. He has also become over-reliant on his fastball. He will need to get his curve and change over or the Pirates lefties will have “great success”. The O’s have also lost an unbelievable 9 straight Sunday games and have a pitiful looking 7-9 today with Salazar,Quiroz and Bynum. This O’s fan expects a Pirate victory today.

  2. thunder Says:

    Nady didn’t play on Sunday.


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