PNC Park | 7:05 | Maholm vs. Jon Garland | Box
Jack Wilson played like a man possessed, Paul Maholm dominated a weak White Sox lineup and at the end of the night, the Pirates had won convincingly, 4-2.
Maholm settled down considerably after a rough first inning:
White Sox first: Iguchi struck out. A.Gonzalez walked. On Maholm's wild pitch, A.Gonzalez to second. Konerko walked on a full count. Dye singled to left, A.Gonzalez to third, Konerko to second. Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder Duffy, A.Gonzalez scored. Terrero was hit by a pitch, Konerko to third, Dye to second. Uribe struck out.
It looked as if he'd caught a case of the yips---Maholm was missing the strike zone by miles, both inside and outside, and I'm sure Pirate fans figured they were in for another long evening.
The White Sox entered the game with a .214 batting average against left-handed pitching, no doubt a contributing factor in Paulie's success.
Words of wisdom from Jim Colborn helped, too:
The lefty ...
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