Game #137: Bucs Losing Streak Ends at 10

Great American Ball Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Aaron Harang | Box
It had to end sometime. And tonight it did. Ian Snell allowed just one earned run over six innings and four Pirate relievers combined to throw three no-hit innings to back a just-barely-there offense.
Brandon Moss had three hits, including a homer that was followed by a homer from Andy LaRoche to aid the offense. Adam LaRoche had a homer taken away by super-bust Corey Patterson.
Aaron Harang gave up all three Pirate runs for the loss. Matt Capps threw a perfect ninth for the save.
In the milestone department, Luis Cruz made his ML debut by starting at short and collected his first ML hit.

Pre-Game Thoughts
The Pirates are slumping. The Reds are coming off a sweep that allowed them to put 3.5 games between themselves and the cellar dwelling Pirates. Into Cincy come the Pirates facing Aaron Harang. This season has gone from one of tough luck to one of mediocrity. The first time the Pirates saw Harang this year, he was 2-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 12 starts. In his last 12 starts he is 2-8 with a 7.65 ERA. His last start against Pittsburgh was June 30.
Harang is 11-4 with a 4.28 ERA for his career against Pittsburgh. This year he is 0-1 in two starts. Adam LaRoche (three homers) and Ryan Doumit (two homers) have done some heavy lifting againt Harang. Jack Wilson is 16-45 in his career against Harang. Freddy Sanchez has managed just seven hits in 37 ABs.
Ian Snell hasn’t really pitched into bad luck. He has just pitched poorly. His ERA stands at 5.77. His last start against the Reds was August 14. He is 1-2 witha 6.23 ERA against them this year.
For his career, Snell’s mark against the Big Red Machine is 3-6 with 5.58 ERA in 10 starts. The Reds are hitting .336 collectively against Snell. Javier Valentin is 10-19 with three homers.

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