Game #153: Wildness Hurts in Extras

PNC Park | 12:35 | Maholm vs. Clayton Kershaw | Box
The Bucs played 12 innings and walked eleven Dodgers. LA managed just five singles and a double. But thanks to six walks from starter Paul Maholm in seven innings and three walks from Craig Hansen to load the bases in the 12th, the Pirates succumbed to the streaking Dodgers. James Loney’s hit in the 12th was the game winner of T.J. Beam who relieved Hansen with the bases loaded.
The Pirates only managed six singles and two doubles off of Clayton Kershaw and six LA relievers. Two Pirate runners were thrown out on the bases, including Nyjer Morgan (again). Scott Proctor got the win in relief. Jonathan Broxton notched the save.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Clayton Kershaw isn’t legal to drink. He is the first player born in 1988 to make the Majors. He was the Dodgers #1 selection in 2006. 19 starts into his career, he is 4-5 with a league average ERA. Kershaw has won his last two decisions. He has yet to face the Pirates or any of the Pirate hitters.
Paul Maholm looks to match his career high with 10 wins. Despite a 3.27 ERA in the second half of the season, Maholm’s mark is just 3-3 after the break. He was beaten by LA way back on April 16. Note my prediction in that pre-game write up about Brad Penny. Well, I was a bit off.
Maholm is winless (0-3) in four career starts against LA with a 6.65 ERA. The Dodgers are hitting a meager .242 against Maholm (11-42). No one has more than three hits and the club has just one XBH against Maholm.

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