RFK Stadium | 7:05 | Chacon vs. Mike Bacsik | Box
It looked as if the Pirates were trying to lose this one. Ugly wins still count the same as 10-0 blowouts, though, so I couldn't care less. Raise the Jolly Roger!
Chacon wasn't great, but he out-pitched Bacsik. Damaso Marte, Jonah Bayliss and John Grabow left something to be desired, but they weren't flat-out terrible. Salomon Torres and Matt Capps were perfect in the eighth and ninth. One more go-to arm in the bullpen would be a much-appreciated stress reliever from my point of view. The good version of John Grabow, the one that gets both lefties and righties out---where has he gone?
The offense came alive despite Tracy's use of a rather curious leadoff hitter. Jimbo refused to start Rajai Davis in September last year, but now that Jose Bautista's proven to be a competent figure in the first spot of the order skipper switches things up? Doesn't make much sense to me. Davis and Chris Duffy combined to go 0 for 4.
In any case...
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.