PNC Park | 1:35 | Youman vs. Carlos Zambrano | Box
The Pirates finished out the first half with four series wins. They went 7-3 over their last 10, beating Ben Sheets and Carlos Zambrano in the process. They made up a little ground in the NL Central standings.
Still, at 40-48, they're on pace to finish the 2007 season with 73 wins.
This afternoon, Shane Youman threw a quality start, Shawn Chacon and Matt Capps pitched three scoreless innings of relief, and Jason Bay showed signs of life as the Pirates dropped the Cubs, 6-2. Our left fielder went 2 for 4 with a home run and four runs batted in, ending the first half on a high note.
Still, Bay is hitting .254. Adam LaRoche, thanks to a recent tear, is up to .239. Ronny Paulino, .234. Jack Wilson, .259. Jose Bautista, .257.
The Pirates have room for improvement, and they could very well play .500 baseball in the second half. Do just that, though, and they'd finish out their 15th consecutive losing season.
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