Game #73: Vintage 2007 Dumatrait

U.S. Cellular Field | 2:05 | Dumatrait vs. Gavin Floyd | Box
It is not reasonable to say that Phil Dumatrait has been impressive in 2008. It is reasonable to say that his pitching has been a nice surprise given what he did in 2007 with Cincinnati. Well, he looked a bit too much like 2007 Dumatrait against the White Sox. The Pirates staked him to a six to nothing lead after 9 outs had been recorded. By the time the 12th out was in the books, it was knotted up at six. Dumatrait gave up nine runs in five innings of work. My hope is that his confidence hasn’t been shaken by this and that he’ll come out next time firing.
The Pirates six spot was partially a gift from Pablo Ozuna. His throwing error led to six unearned runs for Gavin Floyd who buckled down and let home just one more after the second inning in 5-2/3 IP.
Nate McLouth and Freddy Sanchez each had two hits and three RBI. Jermaine Dye knocked in six runs for Chicago, tying a career single game high.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Bucs looking to salvage one game of three from the South Siders.
Is Gavin Floyd breaking out? No, not from poison ivy, but from talent. The former #1 draft pick of the Phillies is 7-3 with a complete game among his 13 starts in 2008. His ERA+ is a nifty 132. In his last four starts he is 3-0 despite giving up four or more runs in three of those contests.
He has only faced the Pirates once and was the winner after yielding just one run in 6-2/3 innings pitched. The Pirates are 5-19 against Floyd. Both Adam LaRoche and Jack Wilson have taken him deep.
No complaints here about the job Phil Dumatrait has done. His ERA+ remains the best on the Pirates starting staff. Against the O’s his last time out, he got hit pretty well – five earnies in five innings – but received a no decision. He has yet to face the White Sox and has not faced anyone on their roster.

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