The Buccos got off to their usual start. Behind early. Only this time it wasn’t perennial “run surrendering guy” Matt Morris, it was Ian Snell.
Snell’s actually been a decent pitcher for the Pirates, which on the surface isn’t that difficult a thing to do. The Buccos haven’t had a winning season since Barry Lamar played there, and that was 16 years ago. Snell is supposed to be one of the long term blocks of the Pirates rotation, and outside of the first inning, he didn’t really do that bad. Ian gave up four runs overall, and all of them were in the first inning. After that he settled down and threw five innings of shutout ball.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates strung together a few singles, and got a sac fly, which scored two. OK, that’s helpful, but then in the following frame, Jason Bay smacked a two run home run off Cardinals starter Todd Wellmeyer to tie the game up at four apiece. A few more singles sandwiched around a double brought in three more runs in the bottom of the eighth to give the Pirates the lead, and the eventual win. Domaso Marte, who followed Snell, got the win, and Matt Capps picked up his sixth save of the season so far. That’s an interesting number as the Pirates only have nine wins total. That’s a better percentage than Steve Carlton’s 27 wins in 1972 for the Phillies, the year they only won 59 games total!
Nate McClouth, a bright spot for the Pirates took an ofer tonight, but his average is still pretty darned good at .349.
Other offensive highlights for the Pirates were doubles by Xavier Nady and the rookie Brian Bixler. There was the aforementioned home run by Jason Bay, as well as eight other singles. Was a nice comeback win, and in PNC Park, too. Good feeling for the Pirates in this one, for sure.
What the heck is all this?
I covered another game, as I there was no way I could bring myself to cover the fiasco in Detroit tonight. On top of that, I spent most of the night watching weather reports about all the storms in the area, and only superficially paid attention to the Rangers game. Here’s all I have to say about the Rangers and this one:
Yeah, Moe, that team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I’ve seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.