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.


Rockies Rally in 9th off Capps

I feel for Paul Maholm. He tossed shutout baseball for seven innings and then watched the bullpen struggle. Maholm allowed just five hits and whiffed four.

The Pirates offense struggled against Jorge De La Rosa. He allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings to go along with 10 Ks. The Pirates lone run was an RBI single from Craig Monroe.

Tyler Yates almost blew the lead in the 8th. Two consecutive hits put runners on the corners. But, the umpiring crew ruled that Seth Smith left third base too soon on what would’ve been an SF from Troy Tulowitzki. Instead of a tie game, the Stones were left with a rally killing DP.

But in the 9th Matt Capps allowed a two run homer to Brad Hawpe and an RBI single from Matt Murton. Huston Street whiffed the side in the 9th.

The Good

Maholm was tough again.

Robinzon Diaz continues to hit – a single and a double.

The Bad

One run and 13 whiffs for the offense.

Capps. Ugh.

The Rest

Capps’ last blown save was unfortunately very recent – May 4.

de la Rosa’s last outing against Pittsburgh was also impressive – 6 IP and 1 ER on 7/19/08. This was his second straight double digit strikeout effort.

Ryan Spilborghs took a homer away from Jack Wilson in the third.

This was Huston Street’s first career appearance against Pittsburgh.