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.
Recaps
Pirates.com
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SI.com
Pre-game Thoughts
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.

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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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