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?
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.