We head to Atlanta for three with the Braves, and its our best against their best. We all want to believe that the Pirates have turned a corner. This is our first chance to prove it. Were those four consecutive series wins a fluke? Maybe. Or maybe not.
Not exactly what I had in mind. If that was the Pirates' best, we're in for a long second half.
Ian Snell allowed seven runs in five innings and the Pirate bats were held scoreless through eight, resulting in an Atlanta win, 9-1.
Adam LaRoche booted a ball in the first inning that proved costly. With none on and two out, Chipper Jones sent a grounder down the first base line. LaRoche thought he grabbed it, but when he checked his glove for the ball, all he saw was leather. Jones reached safely, Andruw Jones walked and Brian McCann launched a three-run homer.
Said Jim Tracy, "We didn't necessarily have to be in a position where we were trailing, 3-0, going into the top of the second."...
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.