PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Valerio de los Santos | Box
It looked bad in the early going. Ian Snell allowed a two run jack to Matt Holliday in the first and an RBI single from Willy Taveras in the second. But the Pirates rallied. And it could’ve been worse as Troy Tulowitzki was thrown out at the plate in the second inning by Nate McLouth.
Four players drove in two runs each and Doug Mientkiewicz and Ryan Doumit had three knocks each.
Rockies starter Valerio de los Santos was recalled earlier in the day from AAA (so disregard my pre-game notes). He hadn’t appeared in a game since 2005 and hadn’t started since 2000. He was unscored upon through four innings. But he walked the first two hitters in the fifth and was pulled for Jason Grilli. The new pitcher allowed a two run double to Doumit and then allowed two more runs to score – the last one coming on the first of two sac flies for Steve Pearce.
The Pirates tacked on three more in the sixth of Luis Vizcaino. McLouth homered, Mientkiewicz had his second RBI single and Pearce added his second sac fly.
Snell settled in after the second and allowed just one more run over his final five innings. He went seven, gave up four runs, whiffed eight and walked just one. Here’s hoping that he can build on this. Denny Bautista struck out four of the six men he faced in tossing two perfect innings to close it out. Grilli was the loser for Colorado.
The Pirates homestand concludes with three against Colorado before a day off and then a road trip.
Jason Hirsh and his brother run their own web site.. He’s big (6’8″) and throws pretty hard. He was successful in the minors and a less so in the Show so far. He broke his fibula on a comebacker in his last start in 2007 and had a rotator cuff issue in 2008 that has kept him from pitching in the Majors. So, tonight will be his 2008 debut after making 11 appearances in the minors this year.
Hirsh started twice against the Pirates in 2006. Both were at PNC. He gave up four runs in 11 innings and won his only decision. Freddy Sanchez (3-5) is the only Pirate to have more than one hit off Hirsh.
Ian Snell has only lost once since June 17. Problem is that he has only won once since April 12. After a five run, three inning outing last start, his ERA is above six. On July 18, he took the loss against Colorado. Snell is 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA against Colorado.
Willy Taveras is 8-15 against Snell. Brad Hawpe is 4-7 with a pair of dingers.