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Game #68 vs. White Sox; Return of Van Benschoten

Game #68 vs. White Sox; Return of Van Benschoten

PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Mark Buehrle | Box

Over 36,000 fans showed up on Saturday night to watch the Pirates lose, 6-1. When John Van Benschoten left the game in the sixth inning, the packed house rose to its feet, giving the feel-good story a standing ovation for his efforts.
At first glance, Van Benschoten's line---5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K---seems good, not great.
When you learn that both of those runs would've been avoided if Adam LaRoche hadn't thrown away a double-play chance, the line looks even better. And that's exactly what happened.
JVB retired the first four White Sox batters before walking Jermaine Dye in the bottom of the second. Alex Cintron then lined a single to right, putting runners on first and third for Rob Mackowiak.
LaRoche was holding Cintron on first, so he was in perfect position to field the grounder Mack-a-whack sent dribbling down the first base line. Adam gloved the ball, stepped backwards to the bag and released a nonchalant throw hom...

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