PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Jesse Litsch | Box
The Pirates only had seven base runners tonight. Fortunately, six of them scored. All the damage came via two run homers. Jason Bay, Raul Chavez and Jose Bautista did the damage. Bautista has four homers in his last seven games.
All the homers came off Jesse Litsch. Bucs starter Paul Maholm was effective in seven innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, but whiffed just one.
Quick game at just over two hours in duration.
When June rolled around, Jesse Litsch was 7-1 with an ERA of 3.18. He is 0-2 in three June starts and his ERA has gone up by more than half a run. Regardless, he is 7-3 with an ERA that is better than league average. And he’s only 23. And he leads all pitchers born in 1985 in career victories with 14.
Litsch has never faced Pittsburgh. Only Doug Mientkiewizc has hit against him. The poor sliding 1B/3B is 1-3 with a double.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Litsch was born Jesse A. Litsch. No middle name – just an initial. He squares off against Paul G. Maholm. He also has no middle name.
Maholm has won his last two decisions and will look to even his record today. He is going against a team he has never faced. Four former NLers now toiling in Toronto have faced Maholm. They are collectively hitting 8-28 against Maholm. Kevin Mench is 3-5.