There's something refreshing about beating a team into oblivion. Of course, that's exactly what happened when Ian Snell and the Pirates faced off against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday evening.
Snell hurled his first career complete game, and Jose Bautista instigated an offensive outburst that saw every member of the Pirates' starting lineup reach base safely. Bautista went 3 for 4 out of the leadoff spot, driving in three runners and ending the game a home run short of the cycle. He's batting .307 with an .895 OPS from the top of the order this season.
In a move that surprised me, Jose Castillo again got the start at shortstop. It seems as if Jack Wilson really is the new bastard son---and if Castillo continues to hit and play defense...
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.