Marquis, Colorado Help Bucs Continue to Swoon

Jason Marquis allowed jus three hits and a run in seven strong innings as Colorado earned a series win by piling up 15 hits against Pittsburgh.

Troy Tulowitzki’s solo homer highlighted a two run first off of Paul Maholm. He allowed three runs in the first two innings before settling in. However, he didn’t make it out of the 7th. Clint Barmes hit a one out, two run homer that chased Maholm from the game. Joel Hanrahan came in and retired the final two hitters.

But the Pirates offense was once again stagnant. The lone run came on a sac fly from Andrew McCutchen in the fifth. And it wasn’t enough.

The Good

Hanrahan has not allowed an earned run in six August outings. That sound you hear? That’s the sound of me reaching.

The Bad

Where to start. Maholm wasn’t effective. Matt Capps couldn’t get three outs in the 8th, yielding four hits (three doubles) and three runs before being pulled for Steven Jackson. Garrett Jones was fitted for a Golden Sombrero – 0-4 with four whiffs. The defense committed two errors.

The Rest

Marquis is now 10-6 against the Pirates in his career, making them the first club he has beaten 10 times. He has given up four runs in 15-2/3 innings in 2009 and has won seven of his last nine decisions against Pittsburgh.

Maholm is now 1-4 against Colorado all time. He has not beaten them since 2007.

This is the seventh time this year that Capps has allowed more than one earned run in an appearance. Last year that happened just five times all year.

Tulowitzki has homered in three of his last four games. Tulowitzki came into the game .463 against the Pirates.


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.