Game #57 vs. Los Angeles

PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Derek Lowe | Box
Jenifer Langosch of 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.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pre-game Thoughts
I’m not going to lie. There are a couple of situations that are going to prohibit me from paying attention to this game:

  • 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.

Author: Randy Linville

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.

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