PNC Park | 7:05 | Van Benschoten vs. Taylor Buchholz | Box
It was just so predictable.
John Van Benschoten threw like a rookie struggling with control problems, the Rockies jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and despite putting forth their best effort toward a comeback, the Pirates dropped their fourth straight, 10-8.
You saw it coming a mile away. If you didn't see it in the pre-game matchups, then you saw it as soon as Van Benschoten plunked the first batter of the game, Willy Taveras, with the first pitch of the game, a poorly located fastball.
You saw it as Adam LaRoche and Jason Bay struck out in the bottom of the first. You saw it as Jose Castillo booted ball after ball at third base.
Monday was not the Pirates' night, no matter how hard the Rockies tried to give this game away. Not even when you consider that the bullpen pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. As soon as that first pitch left JVB's hand, the fat lady started to sing.
If Tony Armas had started tonight, perhaps the Pir...
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.