Newly installed closer Matt Capps didn't get a chance to pitch in this one. Zach Duke gave up five earned runs in six innings pitched, and the Dodger bullpen made a one-run lead hold up over the last four frames. A Russ Martin solo shot in the fifth provided the margin of victory as Chad Billingsley, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito shut down the streaky Pirates offense.
I thought that we might see Ryan Doumit in the outfield tonight, but Jim Tracy went instead with Chris Duffy. It looked at first like a move that might bite our skipper in the behind---and it may have, as Duffy left three men on base---but he did triple off the right field wall to drive home two. His 1 for 5 performance lowered his average to .240.
Jason Bay doubled in Jose Bautista in the first inning. Freddy Sanchez probably should've scored on the play, too---he went back to second to tag up on a ball that was over Juan Pierre's head---and the Pirates' announcers were ri...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.