Game #66 vs. Texas
PNC Park | 7:05 | Gorzelanny vs. Kameron Loe | Box
Jerry Hairston led off the game with a homer, and that’s all the run support Kameron Loe would need Thursday night. The Rangers shut out the Bucs, 6-0, in one of the most frustrating games of the season.
Travis Metcalf and Gerald Laird also took Tom Gorzelanny deep. Metcalf’s blast was the first hit of his major-league career.
The Pirate offense never got started. Chris Duffy and Ryan Doumit went 2 for 4 and 2 for 3, respectively, accounting for four of Pittsburgh’s five hits. Duffy also stole his 13th base of the season.
Jose Castillo started each of the Pirates’ three double plays and played an error-free shortstop. The bat fell silent, though, as he reached base only via an intentional walk.
At the end of the night, the Pirates earned the series win but not the sweep, as expected—and I can’t help but think the loss might take a little wind out of our sails. A three-game set with the White Sox is on the horizon.
Bring out your brooms as the Pirates go for a sweep.
Anything less than a lopsided win tonight will be a disappointment. Kameron Loe is a Triple-A talent at this point, and Tom Gorzelanny is throwing like an All-Star. A sequel to last night’s game would be greatly appreciated.
Doumit’s behind the plate and Castillo’s back at shortstop. Marlon Byrd is the only bat in the Rangers’ lineup with an average over .283.