Game #77: Offense Steamrolls Yanks

PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Darrell Rasner | Box
The Pirates offense got things going early, giving leads of 3-0, 5-1 and 7-1 to ineffective starter Tom Gorzelanny. Jose Bautista and Ryan Doumit homered. Doumit added a double. Nate McLouth and Jason Bay each had a pair of doubles. It was Doumit’s first game back after missing five with a possible concussion. He continues to rake and let’s hope he can stay healthy.
Gorzy – the Bucs most consistent starter last year – continued his troubled 2008. He gave up three runs in six innings. But walked five and allowed six hits. Less than half his tosses went for strikes. Darrell Rasner was hit early and often. He gave up ten hits – including both dingers – and seven runs in just five innings.
Franquelis Osoria continued his nightmare June with two runs in the last inning. His ERA for the month is over 10.00.

Pre-Game Thoughts
How do you define a pitcher who is bad enough to give up on? The Pirates let go of Bronson Arroyo and he landed in Boston. The Expos/Nationals let go of Darrell Rasner and he landed in New York. Rasner has been good enough this year – 4-4 with an ERA just a shade better than league average. Inserted into the rotation in early May, Rasner started off 2008 with a 3-0 record. He then lost four straight before winning his last start. Two of his four losses occurred despite him pitching at least six innings and giving up two or less runs.
He has yet to face the Pirates. Jason Michaels is 1-2 off him.
There has been speculation that Tom Gorzelanny isn’t right. Not in the head. But in the back or maybe some part of the arm. Regardless of where the pain is, the results in 2008 have been less than stellar. His ERA is a full two runs worse than league average. Somehow, he is 4-5.
He tossed it last year against the Evil Empire on June 8. He gave up four earned in 6-1/3 but got a no decision. As Cory detailed in that post, the bullpen exploded and Jack Wilson was of little help. The Yankees are just 6-27 against Gorzo. Hideki Matsui is 2-3 with a longball.

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