PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Derek Lowe | Box
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com on the game:
The Pirates ran out of time in their series finale against the Dodgers as their offense did not get rolling until the seventh inning. Xavier Nady crushed a two-run homer, and Jose Bautista added a solo shot in the eighth before Los Angeles put the game away.
I think my intro to the game wrap would’ve read:
The Pirates were losing 5-0 before they decided to start hitting. Derek Lowe had a no-hitter going through six innings. Paul Maholm was mediocre, almost crossing the line into the territory of bad. After going 2-5 on a home stand against winning ballclubs, the Pirates are 24-33 and only 2.5 games out of last place in the NL Central.
- I’m hosting Full Count on MVN Radio at 9 p.m., and I have no clue what I’m doing. (Don’t let that discourage you from tuning in. You know how you can’t help but stare at a car wreck? Yeah, it’ll be like that—at least until I figure out what all these buttons and knobs do.)
- I turned 21 today. (I already went out to buy my first legal case; I didn’t get carded. Still, the minute the show’s over, I’m headed out for a celebration.)
So, this one doesn’t mean too much to me, but I’ll post about it anyway.
Derek Lowe is one of those good-but-not-great pitchers. He could give the Pirates a fit, or we could have a rare offensive outburst. The lineup is too inconsistent for me to guess which it’ll be.
As long as we’re talking about being inconsistent, I suppose it’s worth noting that Paul Maholm takes the hill for the Pirates. The last two times out, he’s thrown a quality start. The two times before that, he didn’t. Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde.
Like I said … I’m just not sure. If this one were played on paper, Los Angeles would be a clear favorite. On any given night, though, the Pirates—and Maholm—can surprise you.
I would consider going 3-4 against the Padres and Dodgers to be acceptable. A win tonight would certainly be welcomed.