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.

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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

 

 

 

 

Porcello Beats Bucs with Arm, Bat

This was tough to swallow. A pitcher the Pirates passed on in favor of Daniel Moskos who is now 20 and a rookie in the Show not only beat the Pirates by allowing one run in seven innings, but also collected two hits and two RBIs. Oh, he hadn’t actually come to bat in who knows how long. That man is Rick Porcello

Ian Snell might’ve deserved better. He went seven innings and gave up two runs, allowing 10 hits.

The Pirates lone run scored on double from Freddy Sanchez. Brandon Inge dingered late off of John Grabow.

The Good

This was the first time in seven outings that Snell allowed fewer than two runs.

The Bad

Ugh. The offense.

The Rest

The last pitcher to have two hits and two RBI in his first career appearance as a hitter was Jason Jennings way back in 2001 with Colorado.

This was Jim Leyland’s first trip back to PNC since 7/2/06. At least his first trip back as manager.

 

Houston Rallies Late to Beat Bucs

Steven Jackson gave up three runs in 1.1 innings of work over the 7th and 8th innings as the Pirates dropped two of three to Houston. Miguel Tejada delivered a two out RBI infield single in the 7th to break a 3-3 tie. On that play former Pirate Matt Kata scored from second, not stopping on the play since there were two gone. In the 8th, Jackson put two on with one away and was relieved by Jesse Chavez. He allowed run scoring hits to Humberto Quintero and former Pirate Jason Michaels to put Houston up 6-3.

The Pirates scored once and brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Freddy Sanchez in the 9th, but couldn’t come through LaTroy Hawkins.

Ian Snell gave up three runs in six innings. He walked one and whiffed three. Astros starter Felipe Paulino left in the second with a groin issue. He gave way to Russ Ortiz, who tossed 4-1/3 innings of shutout ball. Ortiz was in line for the win but the Pirates scored twice in the visitor’s half of the 7th off of Tim Brydak, setting up Jackson’s ineffective effort.

The Good

Andrew McCutchen logged his first three hit game.

The Pirates defense recorded three double plays, including a strike ’em out/throw ’em out.

Snell was decent. That’s a positive sign.

The Bad

Tough when the bullpen falters.

Ramon Vazquez bobbled Tejada’s grounder in the 7th, allowing

The Rest

This was the 11th career game in which Humberto Quintero had two or more RBI. Three of those are against Pittsburgh. This was his second career three hit game.

Michael Bourn has two hits in five of his last six games.

Jeff Fulchino picked up his first ML win.

Sanchez is in the midst of a 2-18 (and 4-27) streak.

 

 

 

Bucs Offense Busts Out Late

The Pirates scored five times in the 8th to overcome another shaky start from Ian Snell. The Pirates cobbled together five runs on a double, four singles, a walk and an error to take advantage of Pedro Feliciano and then J.J. Putz and finally Brian Stokes.

They wasted the effort of the always game Livan Hernandez. He allowed three runs in 5-2/3, needing just a shade over 100 tosses to get that far. Snell allowed five runs in six innings on two doubles, a triple, three singles and a walk. Snell’s ERA in May was 7.50 and he has gotten off to a bad start in June.

The Pirates burst gave the win to Tom Gorzelanny, who tossed 1/3 of an inning. Matt Capps finished for the save.  

The Good

The late offensive outburt.

It is June. Is it Adam LaRoche time? He kicked off the month with three hits, including two doubles. Andy LaRoche drove home three and Jack Wilson had three safeties.

The Bullpen went three innings of one hit ball.

The Bad

Snell

The Rest

Adam LaRoche’s career June BA is lower than his career BA in May. He usually waits until July to get going. He hit .253 in June 2008 and .238 in June 2007.

Snell’s ERA is a half run worse than the Pirates next worse starter. His current K/9 ratio would be a career worst. His current BB/9 ratio is also a career worst.

Welcome Steven Jackson to the Show. He was acquired off waivers from the Bombers, who got him in the Randy Johnson trade. He tossed a scoreless inning, walking one.

Cubs Win Rain Shortened Contest

Sean Marshall allowed just one run on four hits over six innings as the game was called after a rain delay that lasted a little over an hour.

The Cubs scored single runs in each of the first three innings – all with two gone – and added three runs in the fifth for the final tallies. Micah Hoffpauir drove in two and Kosuke Fukudome hit a solo homer in the first to pace their attack. All the damage was done off of Ian Snell who gave up four walks to go along with eight hits in six innings.

The Good

Well, we needed the rain here in the midwest.

Freddy Sanchez had two hits.

Andy LaRoche extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Bad

Snell is winless in his last seven outings (0-4 over that stretch).

The Rest

The Pirates record over the first 45 games of 2009 is 21-24. It is the same mark as 2008 through 45 games.

The two hits give Sanchez eight in his last two games. His previous career best for hits in consecutive games was seven (8/18-19/06).

Bucs Swoon Continues as Mets Sweep

The Pirates have now lost 12 of 13. Both clubs had 11 hits. But the Mets put three hits together in a three run fourth and three more hits in a four run 8th that sealed the game.

The fourth inning did in Ian Snell who went six and allowed the Mets first three runs. He struck out five and walked one.

Livan Hernandez benefited from the bunched hits from his offense. He also went six innings.

The Pirates travel home to face St. Louis on Tuesday.

The Good

Nate McLouth homered, doubled and drove in three, including a two run homer in the 9th.

Robinzon Diaz had three hits and Delwyn Young continues to make his case while having two hits in a start at 2B.

The Bad

The offense has been bad. The bullpen was also roughed up again. John Grabow has given up a run in each of his last six outings. That pushed his ERA to over 6.00 for the year.

The Rest

Grabow had never been scored upon in more than three straight outings.

The Mets swept the Pirates three straight last year in mid-August and now have a seven game winning streak against the Buccos. First Milwaukee and now this.

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