Game #112: Pitching Woes Continue

Chase Field| 9:40 | Herrera vs. Danny Haren | Box
I’m longing for the days of Victor Santos. The Pirates lackluster pitching continued as Yoslan Herrera lasted just four outs and the bullpen imploded late to blow the game open.
The Pirates offense put up three runs in the first of Danny Haren. By the fifth inning the lead was gone. Jason Davis was the most effective pitcher the Pirates used, giving up two runs in 3-2/3 innings as the first man out of the bullpen. But he was the loser having giving up the go ahead run.
Trailing 7-5 heading into the bottom of the 8th, Tyler Yates and John Grabow allowed six runs to make it a laugher.
Arizona tallied 18 hits as Haren hung around long enough and settled in well enough to get the win. The Pirates got three hits from Doug Mientkiewicz and Freddy Sanchez and Brandon Moss drove in two runs.
Herrera threw just 14 of his 34 pitches for strikes.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Danny Haren enters tonight in the Top 10 of a slew of pitching categories in the NL. He is second in ERA. Best in BB/9, best in WHIP and best in K:BB. He got a no decision agains the Buccos on June 9.
In four career starts against Pittsburgh, Haren is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA. The Pirates are hitting .264 against Haren. Doug Mientkiewicz is 5-15 with three doubles. Nate McLouth has a homer.
Despite an ERA of 9.00, the Bucs have won three of Yoslan Herrera’s four starts. He gave up four runs in five innings in his last start and got a no decision. He has not faced any of the Diamondbacks.

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