Bucs Win Comedy of Errors

Zach Duke allowed just one run in six innings to get his 8th win. He was supported by Adam LaRoche who homered and drove in three runs. But the defense committed three errors. That helped Cleveland score five runs in the 9th (just two earned) off of Steven Jackson to make the final 10-6.

The Pirates had been the beneficiaries of a Cleveland miscue earlier in the game. With two out and nothing happening, rookie SS Luis Valbuena committed a throwing error allowing Freddy Sanchez to reach base and allowing the floodgates to open. The Pirates piled on six runs, with a Jason Jaramillo homer capping the scoring.

Carl Pavano took the loss. He gave up 11 hits in 3-2/3 innings. He was charged with eight runs, with just three being earned. Duke struck out four, walked two and allowed a double and four singles.

The Good

Mark it down – Zach Duke will be an All-Star this year.

Andew McCutchen has a 12 game hitting streak.

With three RBI, Adam LaRoche passed the departed Nate McLouth for the team lead in RBI with 36.

The Bad

The defense. Andy LaRoche had a couple of errors, giving him 8 on the season.

The Rest

Zach Duke set a career high with wins in a half a season with 8. He won seven in the second half of his rookie year way back in 2005.

LaRoche is hitting .357 in June.

 

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Late Rally Falls Short as Tribe Prevails

The Pirates collected two hits in the first inning and four hits in the 9th. In between they had just two hits. For the first eight innings, they had no runs. But scored four in the 9th. Unfortunately, the Indians scored four early runs off Ian Snell (who lasted just 2-2/3) and tacked on one more in the middle innings off of Evan Meek to hold out.

Cleveland starter David Huff allowed three singles, two walks and a double in eight innings. He was lifted for Matt Herges (blast from the past). Herges got into trouble almost immediately, giving up a lead off homer to Adam LaRoche. Herges was replaced by Kerry Wood who allowed two more run scoring knocks before getting LaRoche the Elder to whiff with the bases loaded and two out to end the game.

Huff picks up his third straight win. Snell is the loser and Wood is nicked but gets the save.

The Good

Better late than never for the offense. But, sheesh.

The bullpen went 6-1/3 and allowed just one run and three hits.

Matt Capps struck out the side in the 9th.

The Bad

Too many opposing starters pitching too deep into games.

Bucs have a five game losing streak.

The Rest

This is the second time this year (15 starts) that Snell has failed to get more than nine outs. From 2006-2008 (95 starts) he had only two such outings.

Adam LaRoche is hitting .338 with three dingers in June. Typical LaRoche summertime heat wave.

After 70 games last year, Pittsburgh was 34-36. This year the record stands at 31-39.

Rockies Sweep Bucs

It was the McCutchen-Sanchez show early on as Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Sanchez turned a combined four hits into three runs. McCutchen tripled and scored in the first on a Sanchez single. One inning later, it was a two run blast by Sanchez that plated McCutchen. All that damage was done against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.

Paul Maholm was unable to do much with that lead. Colorado tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the second and then pushed across single runners in the third and fourth.

That was good enough for De La Rosa. He allowed an RBI knock to Brandon Moss in the sixth. In the end he gave up four runs in 5-2/3 innings. Colorado’s bullpen was perfect in 3-1/3 innings of work.

The Good

It is a three man race for the Pirates All-Star selection. I say it is between Freddy Sanchez, Zach Duke or perhaps Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen’s fifth triple of his young season ties him for the NL lead.

The Bad

Maholm has given up 13 earned runs in his last two outings.

Delwyn Young was hitless again, but did reach via HBP

The Rest

The Rockies are 18-5 under Jim Tracy. His best 23 game mark as the Pirates’ skipper in 2006 and 2007 was 15-8.

Welcome back Josh Fogg. He was unblemished against three hitter in relief of De La Rosa.

The Rockies swept four games from the Pirates in Colorado last July 17-20. The last Pirate win in Coors field was 8-23-07 behind Maholm.

Late Dingers by Stones Turn the Tide

The Pirates held a nice 7-4 margin and needed just six outs. They got four outs, but allowed five runs in the process to lose the game.

Andrew McCutchen’s bases loaded triple in the seventh gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead. Nyjer Morgan followed with a single to make it 6-4 and Brandon Moss drove in a run in the 8th for the Pirates final tally.

But Colorado and Jim Tracy rallied. Chris Iannetta drilled a two out three run homer off of John Grabow in the 8th inning to tie it. Huston Street put two Pirates on in the 9th but emerged without a blemish. Then Jesse Chavez gave up a two run one out tater to Todd Helton in the 9th. Ball game.

Charlie Morton gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. Jason Hammel, who had won his last three starts, gave up five runs in six plus. Ian Stewart was the early hitting star for the Rockies. He drove in three runs with a double, triple and dinger.

The Good

Apparently angered by the comment made by Norris in yesterday’s summary, Nyjer Morgan had four hits and made a ridiculous catch of a foul ball.

Brandon Moss had three hits, including two doubles.

The Bad

The bullpen. Including Sean Burnett who relieved Morton, the Pirates bullpen gave up 7 runs in 3-1/3.

The Rest

Morgan’s only other four hit game came 9-23-08 in Milwaukee.

McCutchen already has four triples. The last Pirate rookie to record more was Jose Guillen with five in 1997. Last Pirate rookie with more than five were Gene Freese (8) and Roberto Clemente (11) both in 1955.

The Rockies are 17-5 under Jim Tracy. Last time the Pirates won 17 games in 22 contests? I have no idea and I’m too depressed to look.

Bucs Offense Again Anemic

Jason Marquis came within one out of tossing a complete game. He was more than good enough through 8-2/3 to win, allowing only a solo dinger to Jack Wilson in the 7th before tiring and allowing two runs in the 9th. He gave way to Alan Embree to finish it.

Ross Ohlendorf gave up all six of the Rockies runs. Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki each homered to support Marquis. Todd Helton had three hits an scored three times.

Eric HInske and Andrew McCutchen delivered two out RBI in the 9th to chase Marquis.

The Good

Cutch had two hits – a double and a triple.

The Bad

Is it possible that Jim Tracy is directly responsible for Colorado’s turn around?

Delwyn Young was held hitless. He had two walks.

The Rest

The last time the Pirates had back-to-back complete games thrown at them was against Colorado on 8/5/98 and 8/6/98. The winning pitchers were Jamey Wright and John Thomson. It almost happened again.

Marquis has nine career wins against Pittsburgh, tying them for most against any franchise along with Houston.

The Pirates DFAd Craig Monroe and recalled Steve Pearce.

Blackburn Goes the Distance for Twinkies

Nick Blackburn tossed his first complete game and was thisclose to his first career shutout. He limited the Pirates to six hits and a run. Zach Duke gave up three runs in six innings, but it wasn’t enough.

Michael Cuddyer and Brian Buscher, who came into the game hitting less than .200, both homered to support Blackburn. Andy LaRoche drove in the Pirates only run with a 9th inning single

The Good

Nothing to complain about with Duke.

I got nothing else.

The Bad

Nyjer Morgan lost two balls in the roof and bobbled another.

The Rest

Blackburn had gotten more than 24 outs just one other time in his career.

Bucs drew just one free pass. This was the 15th time all year they drew one or fewer BB.On the flip side, they whiffed just twice – the fourth time all year they totaled 2 or fewer Ks.

Andy LaRoche is in the middle of a 3-25 slump.

Cutch’s First Career Dinger Paces Pirates Offense

Andrew McCutchen, Andy LaRoche and Adam LaRoche each homered and drove in a pair of runs as Ian Snell won for just the second time all year.

McCutchen hit a two run homer in the third. After Joe Crede’s two RBI knock tied the score in the home half of the fourth, Andy LaRoche hit a two run blast in the fourth to give the Priates the lead for goo.

Adam LaRoche added a solo dinger and an sac fly later in the game and Robinzon Diaz drove in two with a double.

Snell went six innings. He gave up five hits, three walks and two runs. Francisco Liriano was touched for four runs on eight hits in seven innings. John Grabow pitched two innings and Steven Jackson mopped up.

The Good

Happy with Snell’s outing and would glady take more.

The brothers LaRoche share for the active roster lead in RBI

The Bad

Delwyn Young only had one hit. He is clearly slumping.

The Rest

This was Snell’s second win of the year. Win #2 last year came on 4/12 of 2008. But his third win of 2008 didn’t come until June 11. So, he’s not that far behind the pace.

Joe Mauer is hitting .425 but is 41 at bats away from qualifying for the leader boards.

Andrew McCutchen is the third Pirate rookie to record his first career dinger this year (Robinzon Diaz and Jason Jaramillo). He homered in his 13th game. Bucco rookies who have homered in the first 10 games this decade:

Robinzon Diaz – 7th game- 2009

Nate McLouth – 9th game – 2005

Ray Sadler – 3rd game – 2005

John Van Benschoten – 2nd game – 2004

Jose Castillo – 8th game – 2004

Andy Barkett – 9th game – 2001

Rob Mackowiak – 9th game – 2001

Craig Wilson – 4th game – 2001

Adam Hyzdu – 6th game – 2000

Alex Hernandez – 7th game – 2000

Tike Redman – 7th game – 2000