Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Pirates lose 5-4 to Mets

The Pirates blew another good start by Ian Snell who pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits, he struck out 7. Salomon Torres(1-4) came in for the 8th inning with the score tied at 3-3 and couldnt get an out and allowed a single to David Wright and a double to Carlos Beltran before being pulled for Damaso Marte who walked Carlos Delgado to load the bases. Marte was then pulled for Shawn Chacon who allowed a 2-run RBI to Moises Alou(25). Both runs were charged to Torres(5.53 ERA). The Pirates did add a run in the bottom of the 8th but it wasnt enough as they lost 5-4 to Mets. Jorge Sosa(9-6) got the win for the Mets. Billy Wagner got his 27th save. Carlos Beltran(21) hit a home run for the Mets while Nate McClouth(6) had one for the Bucs. The Pirates are now 49-68.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Pirates split make-up doubleheader with Giants

Game 1

Pirates win 3-1 over Giants. Paul Maholm(8-14) pitched a 3-hitter complete game only giving up 1 run. Former-Pirate Rajai davis,, who has seen a lot of playing time with the Giants doubled home Dan Ortmeier in the 3rd and that was all the Giants got. Maholm did not walk a batter, not even Barry Bonds who was 1 for 3 with a single. Jose Castillo singled home 2 runs in the first for the winning runs.

Game 2

Pirates lose 10-3 to Giants. The Giants sent their best pitcher to the mound and he got the win for them. Noah Lowry(13-7) went 7 innings and gave 2 runs on 6 hits, while walking 5. Shane Youman(2-4) pitched well until the 6th inning when he gave up a grand slam to Ryan Klesko(6). Jose Bautista(8), Xavier Nady(15), and Josh Phelps(5) all hit solo homers. The loss stopped the Pirates 4 game win streak, they are now 49-67.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Pirates Sweep Giants, win 5-0 in San Fran

Tom Gorzelanny pitched all nine innings getting the complete-game shutout, his first. He is now 11-6 and the lone bright spot on the Pirates pitching staff, he also got his ERA down to 3.29, he only allowed 5 hits in Sunday's 5-0 Pirates win. Barry Zito(8-11) got the loss for the Giants, he pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. Josh Phelps was the star at the plate hitting a two-run home run(4) in the 6th, then hitting a 2 RBI triple(1) in the 7th. He was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI's(20). The Bucs are now (48-66) and go home to play a make-up double-header with the Giants in Pittsburgh Monday befor taking on the New York Mets Tuesday. Both games of the doubleheader with the Giants are make-up games.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Pirates crush Giants 13-3 in San Fran

The Bucs won their second game in a row in San Francisco Saturday afternoon 13-3. Freddy Sanchez had a huge game going 4 for 5 with a home run(7) a double(29) and 5 RBI's(48). The Bucs started their offensive explosion in the 4th inning as Freddy Sanchez hit his 2 run homer, then in the next at-bat Adam LaRoche(17) hit a solo homer. Ryan Doumit than hit his 2nd triple(2) in as many days and scored on a Jose Castillo groundout. Tony Armas then doubled in Castillo for the 5 run inning that would be plenty for the win. Armas got the win(2-3) going 6 innings and giving up 3 runs. Adam LaRoche ended up with 3 RBI's(65). Super phenom Ryan Lincecum(6-3) got the loss in a rare bad performance for the highly touted rookie. Randy Winn(7) hit a home run for the Giants. The Bucs are now 47-66.

Pirates come back to beat Giants 8-7

The Pirates had a huge 6 run inning in the 8th to beat the Giants in San Francisco Friday night. Barry Bonds did hit his 758th home run(24) in the third inning off starter Matt Morris who got a no decision after pitching 6 innings and giving up 5 runs. The Pirates entered the 8th down 6-2 to the Giants but the Pirates played small ball and had the 6 run inning to get the 8-6 lead. Ryan Doumit was 3 for 5 with a double(19) and a triple(1) and 1 RBI(32). Adam LaRoche hit a solo homer(16) in the 4th inning. John Grabow(2-1) picked up the win. Matt Capps got his 10th save. Barry Bonds ended up 1 for 1 with the HR and 3 RBI's(56), the Bucs walked him twice. The Bucs are now 46-66

Friday, August 10, 2007

Pirates lose 4-2 to D-Backs

The Pirates grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a 2-run homer from Jason Bay(18 HR, 73 RBI) but couldnt hold on or get any more runs, losing to the Diamondbacks 4-2 in Arizona. Ian Snell started the game and actually pitched well for a change, going 6 innings and leaving the game with the score 2-2. Shawn Chacon(4-3) got the loss giving up a RBI single to Orlando Hudson in the 7th inning. Tony Clark(11) added a home run off Damaso Marte to give the D-Backs an insurance run they wouldnt need. Bright spot for the Pirates was Freddy Sanchez who went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles(28) and a walk. Sanchez now has a .302 average at the plate. D-Backs starter Doug Davis(9-10) picked up the win going 7 innings and giving up the 2 run homer to Bay, he only allowed 5 hits. Jose Valverde picked up his 35th save for the red-hot D-backs who are now 65-51 and have a 3 game lead on the Padres in the NL West. The Pirates are 45-66 and are 13 games back of Milwaukee who hold a half game over Chicago in the NL "Spooky" Central.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Pirates lose 10-6 to Arizona.

The Pirates lost 10-6 to the D-Backs Wednesday night. Paul Maholm(7-14) picked up the loss for the Bucs, he went 5 innings giving up 6 runs on 7 hits although only 4 runs were earned. Edgar Gonzalez(5-2) picked up the win. Nate McClouth(5) hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning, the Bucs are now 45-65