Game #53 vs. San Diego

PNC Park | 7:05 | Chacon vs. Greg Maddux | Box
Thanks to FSN Final Score, I’ve seen the highlights. After tying the game in the 9th, Mike Cameron homered in the 11th and was, at first, followed by Josh Bard. But, Bard’s poke was ruled a ground rule double since it didn’t clear the railing in dead right. Bard leaped from the dugout like a man possessed and was pitched. Pads skipper Bud Black was also tossed. Khalil Greene later added a sac fly for the final margin.
The Pirates wasted a great start by Shawn Chacon. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10. Can’t ask for more than that. But, Salomon Torres gave up a pair of run scoring doubles in the 9th to send the game to extra frames.
Tough way to drop the series.
AP recap at Yahoo! Sports

Pre-game Thoughts
This will be Game #2 of the 2007 Shawn Chacon: Starting Pitcher series. He was wild against the Reds, allowing five walks in 3-2/3 innings. He’s done fairly well against the Padres for his career. In 15 appearances (seven of them starts), his ERA is right around 4.00.
None of the current crop of Padres has done much damage against Chacon. Jose Cruz Jr., Marcus Giles and Khalil Greenehave all homered off him.
Legendary Greg Maddux hurls for San Diego. I would hope that a decent crowd turns out to see him pitch. In 2007 he is 4-3 with a 4.20 ERA.
He is 25-16 lifetime in 50 starts against the Pirates. His ERA is a Maddux-esque 2.62 for his career. Five of his 25 wins have come via shutout. Maddux lost his last appearances against the Bucs. It came 9/20/06 while he was a Dodger. He gave up three earned runs in five innings. Guess who beat him: Chacon.
Maddux is 2-0 in four career starts at PNC. Jason Bay is 9-27 with a pair of homers off of Maddux. Freddy Sanchez is 6-11 with three doubles and Jack Wilson is 12-35.
Like Boomer Wells, Maddux is ancient. His ML debut came in relief in an 18 inning game for the Cubs against the Astros back in 1986. In that contest Maddux took the loss after giving up a homer to future Pirate Billy Hatcher in the top of the 18th.
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In-game Thoughts
Rain, rain go away. Start is being delayed due to weather. Ryan Doumit is behind the plate and hitting 7th. Other than that, we have a similar lineup to what has been used recently.
Underway in Pittsburgh. Shawn Chacon is on pace to break the single game strikeout record. Not that that is going to happen. He’s K’d five (all swinging) through two.
The Bucs put up a run in the 1st thanks in part to an error by Kevin Kouzmanoff. Maddux got out of a jam in the 2nd. Doumit on third and Jack Wilson on second with one out. Bucs don’t score. Jose Bautista flied out – I guess it was too shallow to score Doumit – and Chris Duffy grounded out.
Good gravy, Shawn Chacon is pitching a dandy. He has allowed just two hits and a walk with 8 Ks through six. Maddux has been stingy, as well. It’s 1-0 Buccos.
Chacon is done after whiffing 10 (all swinging) in seven innings. He gave up three hits. Nate McLouth is pinch hitting for him in the bottom of the 7th. 67 of Chacon’s 102 tosses were for strikes. He faced just three over the minimum.
The Bucs tallied one more in the 7th. But it wasn’t enough. Salomon Torres has blown the save. It’s 2-2 going into the bottom of the 9th.
The Pads have hit back-to-back homers in the 11th. Ugh. Josh Sharpless.
Wednesday Night Thoughts
Bunch of Ex-Bucs will be at the televised baseball draft. The Pirates are sending Steve Blass along. Texas has Steve Buechele going. The Nats are sending Tim Foli.
Poor A-Rod. Between his NY Post cover story and yelling at Howie Clark to distract him from fielding a pop up, he’s had quite a week.

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