Pirates.com recap here; nothing available at the P-G yet. Cincinnati 9, Pirates 8.
Tom Gorzelanny, Marty McLeary, Josh Shortslef and John Grabow threw for the Bucs, and all struggled. No walks for Tom this time out, but he did allow six hits in three innings. To his credit, he also struck out four.
Jason Bay finally made an appearance in left field, so it’s safe to assume that his knee’s okay. He went 1 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and a strikeout. Brad Eldred entered the game in the middle innings, played some right field and went 0 for 2 with a strikeout.
This bit from this morning’s Post-Gazette might shed a little light on the makeup of the bench:
Bench: Along came Big Country to throw this picture into disarray. If Brad Eldred keeps launching home runs, if Michael Ryan keeps his average above .500, if Don Kelly keeps making all the plays … There is this, too: If Ryan Doumit is supposed to be a first baseman/outfielder/catcher, why is he only catching?
Doumit went 1 for 1 in his only at bat (and caught the late innings), and Don Kelly went 1 for 3 with a walk, splitting time between second and third. I’d like to see the kid play a little more shortstop if he’s going to steal a job from Jose Hernandez.
The Bucs come home to Bradenton for a 1:05 game tomorrow against Cleveland. No MLB.TV or radio, but there does appear to be a Gameday Audio webcast.