Bucs Lose Rollercoaster

From up five early to a 9th inning comeback against Francisco Rodriguez to losing it in the 10th, this one had it all. All except a Pirates win, that is. This one was delayed by rain and it was a make up for an earlier rain out. Striking an irony chord somewhere.

The Pirates jumped on Tim Redding early for five runs. Garrett Jones and Robinzon Diaz each had three hits and two RBI. However, Paul Maholm couldn’t hold the lead as the Mets scored eight runs in the middle three frames.

The Pirates tied it up in the 9th off of Rodriguez when Adam LaRoche stroked a two run dinger. But, the Mets countered with a run in the 10th off Matt Capps as Ryan Church singled in Fernando Tatis, who had homered earlier in the game. Rodriguez tossed a perfect 10th to lock it down.

Maholm went 4-1/3 and gave up six runs and 11 hits. Redding gave up five runs and got just seven outs.

The Good

Garrett Jones was single short of the cycle.

The Bad

Delwyn Young was held hitless again and was tossed for arguing balls and strikes.

The Rest

Former Bucco Elmer Dessens made his 4th appearance of the year in relief for NYM.

This was the first time all year that Maholm gave up more than four runs in a home start. He has never been touched for more than six runs in a start at PNC.

The last Pirate to have a double, triple and homer in the same game before his 50th career game was Richie Hebner way back on 5-4-69. Garrett Jones did it today.

Tatis scored four times, establishing a single game high for his career.

Welcome Jeff Salazar. Bucs most recent recall from Louisville was 0-1 in a pinch hitting role in his Bucco debut.

 

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McCutchen Shines as Bucs Sweep Mets

Nate McLouth is gone. Long live Nate McLouth.

Andrew McCutchen is up and off to a great start. He had two hits, an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Pirates offense used a bunch of singles to give Mike Pelfrey an early shower.

McCutchen singled leading off the first, touching off a four run inning. The Pirates scored four more times in the fourth, forcing the Mets to their bullpen. Unfortunately, Bucs starter Ross Ohlendorf wasn’t on. Despite the huge lead, he didn’t last long enough for the win as he was yanked with one out in the fifth.

Pelfrey gave up 8 earned in 3-2/3. Ohlendorf was charged with five runs in 4-1/3. Steven Jackson received the win for two scoreless innings of relief work.

The Good

McCutchen’s start was very nice.

Jason Jaramillo knocked in a career best four runs.

Ramon Vazquez went 4-4.

The bullpen tossed 4-2/3 IP of one hit relief.

The Bad

Ohlendorf’s outing was the classic “hang in there and get the win”. But he couldn’t and didn’t.

Andy LaRoche, who knocked in two runs earlier in the game, left after being plunked on the knee cap. He is questionable for tonight, per the P-G.

The Rest

The list of recent Pirates to collect two or more hits in their debut, like McCutchen did, is varied:

Steve Pearce – 9-1-07

Andy Barkett – 5-28-01

Alex Hernandez – 9-1-00

Abraham Nunez – 8-27-97

Keith Osik – 4-5-96

Jason Kendall – 4-1-96

Sam Khalifa – 6-25-85

R.C. Stevens – 4-15-58

 

Jaramillo’s four RBI effort gives the Pirates two such contests from catchers in 2009 (Ryan Doumit had the other on 4-11-09). The Bucs had just three such games combined in teh 2006 to 2008 seasons.

This was the seventh four hit game of Vazquez’ career.

The Mets recently acquired former Pirate Emil Brown from San Diego. He appeared as a PH, his first appearance in Pittsburgh since June 28, 2001. Welcome back!

With McLouth gone, Andy LaRoche now leads the active roster in RBI.

Duke Outduels Santana

That headline is a shocker. Dewey defeats Truman. Man bites dog. Things you don’t expect to see in print. But it happened. Zach Duke allowed 8 singles and one run in seven innings against NYM. He was touched in the fifth when the Mets put together two singles, a sac bunt and a sac fly. In the third, he was spared a run when Nate McLouth gunned down Jeremy Reed at the plate.

Jason Jaramillo’s first career tater tied it in the bottom of the fifth. The Pirates had two on with one gone later in the inning when Nyjer Morgan hit into a DP. Morgan didn’t like the call and was tossed from the game. The Bucs forged ahead one inning later off of Johan Santana (6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). A Freddy Sanchez single preceded consecutive doubles from McLouth and Andy LaRoche to put the Pirates up 3-1.

That’s where it stayed. John Grabow and Matt Capps contributed a perfect inning of relief to the effort.

The Good

I’m digging the 2009 Zach Duke. His ERA is 2.62.

Sanchez had two more hits, including his 19th double. McLouth had a triple to go with his double.

The Bad

I got nothing.

The Rest

Bucs are 2-0 in June.

This was Santana’s first career loss against the Buccos. His last start was a three hit complete game shutout (8-17-08).

This was Duke’s first win against NYM since 9-17-06.

Sanchez is 18 for his last 38 ABs.

The Pirates were collectively hitting less than .200 against Santana before going 7-18 tonight.

 

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.

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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Maine, Mets Roll as Bucs Lose 7th Straight

It was bound to happen. Paul Maholm didn’t have a particularly sharp outing, though he was undone by one bad inning. The Mets batted around in a five run fourth inning to push open a 1-0 game. They would go onto win 10-1.

Maholm lasted six innings and gave up seven of the 10 Mets tallies. He struck out two.

On the flipside was John Maine. He won his third straight start with six innings of three hit ball. The Pirates only run scored on Paul Maholm’s first big league homer in the sixth inning.

The Mets had seven players collect at least two hits en route to a total of 17. Jose Reyes drove in three runs. Carlos Beltran homered off Maholm in the fifth.

The Good

Andy LaRoche cracked a pair of doubles

The Bad

Too much badness. Maholm was ineffective for once.

The offense continues to remain stagnant.

The Rest

The Pirates scored 70 runs in their first 15 games (4.7 runs per game) to go 9-6 in that stretch. In the most recent batch of 15 games, the club has scored just 56 times (3.7 runs per game) and went 3-12.

The last Pirate pitcher to homer was Matt Morris on 8/4/07 in his first start as a Pirate. Somewhere in Oakland, Rajai Davis is smiling. The last Pirate pitcher to homer twice in one season was Brian Fisher back in 1987.

Five Run 8th Keys Bucs 6th Straight Loss

It was 2-2 when the 8th inning started. That was the good news. Then the bad news came. Tyler Yates allowed the first three runners to reach, with Carlos Beltran’s single breaking the 2-2 tie. Yates was lifted in favor of Sean Burnett, who threw gas on the fire. He gave up a three run dinger to Carlos Delgado and later an RBI single to Omir Santos. Ball game.

Jonathon Niese had been brought up to take the place of Oliver Perez on the active roster. He was effective in six innings allowing just two runs. Bobby Parnell was the winner in relief. Jeff Karstens was also good after giving up two runs in the first inning (both RBIs to Delgado, who had five on the game). He scattered three singles over his final five innings and walked none.

The Good

Um. It was 2-2 after seven?

The Bad

The bullpen blew up again. Burnett had not allowed a run in his last 9-1/3 innings of work. Yates has been up and down, mostly down, all year.

The offense continues to struggle. The Pirates have dropped 10 of 11 and have scored just 34 runs in that span.

The Rest

NY used five pitchers who had a combined total of four appearances against Pittsburgh lifetime.

Delgado had three hits and had come into this game hitting just .228 against the Pirates, his second worse career BA against any team (Milwaukee is at .223). His last homer against a Pittsburgh hurler was more than three years ago (5/3/06) off of Mike Gonzalez. This was his first career three hit game against Pittsburgh.

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