Petco Park | 10:05 | Barthmaier vs. Chris Young |Box
San Diego managed just five hits in the game. Unfortunately, they scored three times in the first frame, two of those on a Kevin Kouzmanoff tater. That was all the runs they would get.
Jimmy Barthmaier survived the first to pitch five innings. He gave up all three runs, four hits and four walks. Chris Young was, once again, tough on the Pirates. He went five and allowed a single run on five hits and no walks.
The Pirates got single runs in the third and the eighth, with RBIs from Adam LaRocheand Jason Michaels. Trevor Hoffman finished for his 30th save.
I think next year will have to be a big year for Chris Young. He will turn 30 in May. As good as he had been, he ranks well behind other pitchers who were born in 1979, like Mark Buehrle and Johan Santana. This year has been filled with some knicks and he has made just 17 starts.
Since returning from the DL, he is 2-2 with a 3.61 ERA in seven starts. He has not faced the Pirates in 2008. In four career starts he is 3-0 with a tiny 1.52 ERA against the club that originally drafted him. The Pirates are an absurdly bad 6-36 against him. Adam LaRoche is just 1-12, but that hit is a dinger. Nyjer Morgan (2-2) is the only Bucco with more than one knock.
Jimmy Barthmaeir tries to make his case for a long look in Spring Training next season. This will be his third career ML appearance and third career start. He has pitched just 5-1/3 and allowed nine earned runs. His record stands at 0-1. He has not faced San Diego or any Padres hitters in the Show.