Game #74 at Los Angeles

Angel Stadium | 9:05 | Snell vs. Kelvim Escobar | Box
Four in a row.
Ian Snell got destroyed; I didn’t watch much of the game, so I can’t tell if his blister might’ve led to a lack of control. He allowed 13 baserunners and 5 runs in 6 innings, by far his worst outing of the year.
Tony Armas was sent in to mop things up. In his two innings, five more Angels crossed home plate.
Ryan Doumit is 0 for his last 15. I’ve written in the past that I don’t think he’ll be much of a big leaguer, but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt through a hot streak. Now, he looks lost at the plate.
Then again, who is hitting these days? Other than the Pirates’ opponents.
The Bucs were embarrassed, 10-1.
Recaps
Pirates.com
SI.com
Pre-game Thoughts
It seems like every time Ian’s turn in the rotation comes up, he’s asked to serve the role of stopper. That pattern repeats itself tonight.
The Pirates are in the midst of a three-game skid, and the offense has failed to score in 29 of the past 31 innings. The bullpen has been less than dependable, so Jim Tracy will hand Snell the ball with the hope of having him last seven strong innings.
They’re playing against a tough Los Angeles team while still trying to figure out their own roster. Chris Duffy is back in the starting lineup, playing center and batting second. Josh Phelps is now with the team as a much-needed force off the bench. He’ll likely play a little first base while serving as the emergency catcher. (Think Craig Wilson, but worse.)
Brad Eldred was sent back to Indianapolis to make room for Phelps on the 25-man roster. The Pirates are carrying 12 pitchers.

Author: Randy Linville

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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  • nicolas

    i did see it cory. that inning was about 33% snell being a bit off, 33% a very good team capitalizing on that fact, and 33% his defense making things worse than they already were.

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates Cory Humes

    I’m curious as to the last 1% now.