Game #93 vs. Rockies

PNC Park | 7:05 | Youman vs. Josh Fogg | Box
Different chapter of the same book.  Josh Fogg looked like Cy Young, Pirate pitching allowed 14 hits and three walks, and the end result was another Rockie win, 6-2.
The game’s start was delayed by half an hour because of passing showers—a thunderstorm that knocked out my power for the entirety of the evening.
The Pirate bats were powerless, too.  Adam LaRoche and Jason Bay combined to go 0 for 7 and are now hitting .235 and .247, respectively.  Shawn Chacon—who pitched the ninth when the game was all but decided—has a higher batting average than all but three of the Pirates who appeared in tonight’s game.
Anyone else think this is getting old?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pre-game Thoughts
Same story as last night. Shane needs to:

  • throw strikes,
  • get through the first unscathed, and
  • work into the sixth inning to give the pen a break.

The offense needs to beat Josh Fogg to a pulp. We know from experience that he’ll allow more than his fair share of baserunners. The key matchup for this evening will feature Fogg against Pirate batters with runners in scoring position.
If we execute, we might have a shot. If LaRoche and Bay look at third strikes, then we’ll drop our fifth straight.
If Youman hits the showers early, it could be a long night. The bullpen pitched seven frames Monday, and only Grabow and Chacon are fresh.
The Pirates have won on six consecutive Tuesdays.

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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