Snakes Pound Bucs Bullpen

The Diamondbacks scored seven times in their final two times up to pull away 11-4. With the game knotted at four, Evan Meek couldn’t hold back Arizona. Miguel Montero broke the tie with an RBI double and Chad Tracy cracked a pinch hit three run homer later in the inning – capping a five run 7th – off of John Grabow. Donnie Veal gave up a two run homer to Justin Upton in the 8th for the final scores of the game.

The Pirates did a lot against Dan Haren. They got to him for four runs in the fifth and he wouldn’t be out for the sixth. Garrett Jones had a two run double and Ryan Doumit followed with a two run homer.

That outburst put the Pirates up 4-1, but starter Charlie Morton couldn’t hold the lead. A run scoring triple from Stephen Drew was followed by a game tying homer from Gerardo Parra. Morton was pulled for Jeff Karstens after two more batters. Karstens retired four hitters without a run and he gave way to Meek to start the seventh.

The Pirates had no more hits once Haren was out of the game. Juan Gutierrez picked up the win in relief.

The Good

Getting to Dan Haren.

Jones had three hits and two RBI. Swing for the fences, Garrett!

Steve Pearce had two hits and a double in his first action since the Adam LaRoche trade.

The Bad

The bullpen. Ugh.

The Rest

Karstens has thrown 10 stright hitless innings over four appearances.

The homer was Tracy’s fourth career as a pinch hitter and second of the month.

This was Haren’s worst outing of the year. He had previously gone at least six in every start. He allowed four earned runs or more just once and that was in a seven inning outing in which he allowed five.

Jones has nine homers, but just 13 RBI. Record for fewest RBI in a season with at least 10 HR is former Pirate Dave Ross’ 2003 season (with LA) in which he had 10 HR and just 18 knocked in.

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2 Responses to “Snakes Pound Bucs Bullpen”

  1. francie Says:

    yeah, this one was very hard to listen to. it was like our pitching staff pooped on themselves and forgot how to pitch. but we have kept up the trend of beating up good pitchers around the majors.
    as much as i was pulling for donnie veal in spring training, i think he’s a liablity and not really going to pan out next season. we should just give him back and call up jeremy powell or chris bootcheck from indy — they’ve prooven to be effective, esp. booktcheck as a closer option.

  2. Randy Linville Says:

    Agree with your comment on Bootcheck. I’m surprised he hasn’t been called up from Indy yet. When I saw him pitch there in June he looked like he was all business – no messing around, throwing heat and getting guys out. As if he was saying, “What’re you waiting for? Call me up already?”
    It would’ve been nice to have hung a loss on Haren.


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