Game #107: Rivas Leads Bucs on the Comeback Trail

PNC Park | 7:05 | Herrera vs. Glendon Rusch | Box
Luis Rivas had three hits – just a homer shy of the cycle – and drove in three to help the Pirates come back after trailing four to zero.
Yoslan Herrera struggled in the first. He gave up three runs, three hits and two walks. After that he settled in and gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in five innings.
Rivas drove in the Pirates first three runs and scored the last run of the game. The Pirates took the lead in the sixth off of Matt Herges. A Doug Mientkiewicz single tied it and Chris Gomez hit a sac fly to push the Pirates ahead.
Jason Davis made his 2008 debut after being called up from AAA and got the win in relief by tossing a scoreless sixth inning. John Grabow, Denny Bautista and Sean Burnett held the lead and gave way to Tyler Yates who earned the save with a spotless ninth.
Herrera singled for his first ML hit and later scored his first ML run.
Pre-Game Thoughts
Last time Yoslan Herrera started against Colorado, it wasn’t pretty at all. This will be his fourth career start and it is unfathomable to think that this one will be worse than his last tilt against the Rockies. The Rockies were 8-12 with three doubles against Herrera last time.
Glendon Rusch was effective back on July 19 when he beat the Pirates with the help of the long ball. That win pushed his record to 3-1 with Colorado in 2008.
Jack Wilson is 16-38 against Rusch with a homer and four RBI. Back spasm sufferer Freddy Sanchez is 5-13.

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