PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Ted Lilly | Box
Nothing went right on Saturday night.
Adam LaRoche was a late scratch, Xavier Nady and Jason Bay combined to go 0 for 7 in the middle of the order, and John Van Benschoten was out of control. The Cubs' offense took advantage early, and Chicago held on to win, 7-1.
JVB lasted only 2.2 innings, throwing 47 of his 73 pitches for strikes. He walked three and allowed seven hits. The relief corps deployed by Jim Tracy---John Wasdin, John Grabow, Masumi Kuwata and Tony Armas---shows that the game got ugly in a hurry.
The top of the Cubs' order combined to go 9 for 19 with a walk, three RBI and four runs scored. Conversely, the Pirates' top four went 2 for 16. It was Goliath versus David, and the giant won.
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.