Jason Bay might've saved Jose Castillo's starting job.
The Pirates were ahead, 8-5, entering the top of the ninth. Then this happened:
Capps pitching. Fields singled to left. Uribe flied out to center fielder McLouth. Cintron pinch-hitting for Hall. Cintron safe on Castillo's error, Fields to third. Pierzynski pinch-hitting for Thornton. Pierzynski singled to center, Fields scored, Cintron to third. Thome pinch-hitting for A.Gonzalez. Thome hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Bay, Cintron scored, Pierzynski to second. Iguchi flied out to right fielder Nady.
Jose tried to go to his backhand on Cintron's grounder and ended up booting the ball. After Pierzynski drove in Fields---shrinking the Pirates' lead to two---it seemed as if we were in danger of suffering another crushing defeat.
Jim Thome came to the plate with two runners on and launched a ball to deep left. Jason Bay retreated to the track, stuck his glove out over the short fen...
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.