Game #79: Rays Bomb Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Barthmaier vs. Scott Kazmir | Box
Scott Kazmir wasn’t at his best. But, Jimmy Barthmaier had a debut worth forgetting. The Bucco’s starter gave up a pair of three run bombs – one to Evan Longoria and the other to Eric Hinske – en route to giving up seven runs and getting just seven outs.
Kazmir gave up four runs in five innings. But it was enough with the cushion that the offense gave him. What scares me about the Rays? Carl Crawford is just starting to hit the ball. He had three hits including a late solo homer.
Freddy Sanchez homered for the Bucs. Jack Wilson drove in three runs.
Nearing the midpoint of the season, the Pirates of 2008 are a mere three games better than the Pirates of 2007.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Remember when Tampa was bad? It wasn’t that long ago. They are a comfortable 16 games over .500 and threatening for first place in the hyper-competitive AL East.
They are going with Scott Kazmir who has a 2.03 ERA on the year. Thankfully, he has hit his roughest patch of the season in June and has dropped his last two decisions. He started the season on the DL with a “left elbow strain”. That hasn’t slowed him down much. He is 6-3 and has struck out five or more hitters in all but one of his starts.
Kazmir has started just once against Pittsburgh. That was June 9, 2005 and he was clobbered for nine runs in 4-2/3 IP. The Pirates are 11-26 off Kazmir. Only Chris Gomez (7-14) has more than one hit.
Welcome Jimmy Barthmaier to the Show. With the rotation nicked up, he has been recalled. After a horrible 2007 season with the Astros AA team in Corpus Christi (2-9 with a 6+ ERA), Barthmaier was released and picked up by the Pirates. He has split 2008 between Altoona and Indy. In five starts at AAA his is 2-1 with a sub 3.00 ERA.
Barthmaier was born January 6, 1984. Kazmir was born January 24, 1984.

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