Just got back from the Pirates game

The last time I went to a Pirates game, it was August 25th, 2006, and I proposed to my wife. That sentence gives you an idea of her answer…but then again, how could she say no? After flashing the proposal on the scoreboard, and giving her the ring in front of a sold out crowd (it was a fireworks night, which explains the crowd in late August), the Pirates mascot (not the parrot) brought a basket full of cracker jacks and cotton candy. That’s romance right there.

Today (or yesterday) my plan was to just go enjoy the game with my dad, blog about the game on Twitter (the Twitter updates were also seen on the live blog at Raise the Jolly Roger), and the only long term impact this trip had on me was the fact that I’ve eaten Primanti Brothers way too much over the last two days. I’m almost certain there’s cole slaw stuck in my arteries right now, with french fries, of course.

The game was a great one. Ross Ohlendorf pitched a great game. His only real jam came in the first, when Bonifacio lined a single in to left-center, and Jack came up with an error trying to double up Bonifacio and Baker on the next play. Thanks to some great defense (especially Andy LaRoche), Ohlendorf was able to work a gem, going 7 innings, allowing two hits, and no runs, with Tyler Yates and Jesse Chavez coming on for perfect innings to close it out.

The offense wasn’t doing much until the fifth inning. It was almost a fluky game. Adam LaRoche advanced to third on a sac fly. He scored on a wild pitch. Jaramillo later scored on a balk. Freddy Sanchez fouled off about 90% of the pitches thrown out of the strike zone. Well, not everything was out of the ordinary I guess.

I had a feeling Nate was going to hit a homer, but I was late getting my camera to try and get a video (I successfully did this a few years ago with Craig Wilson…of course it was a prime situation for Wilson: no runners on base). I did however get a lot of pictures, and a video of the Andy LaRoche double play. I’ll post those after the MVP tracker updates from the last two days:

Sunday

-One negative point for Zach Duke. It would have been a shocker if I didn’t see it coming (see my post the other day about his inconsistent performance last year). Let’s hope he rebounds next time out.

-One negative point for Craig Hansen. One inning and four earned runs.

-One negative point for Donald Veal. Two innings, four walks, and an earned run. Not a good night for the pitching.

Monday

-One point for Ohlendorf for a great start.

-One point for Nate McLouth. One homer, one steal, four RBIs, and two runs. My fantasy teams thank you Nate.

-One point for Andy LaRoche for apparently dropping his glove in gold paint before the game (hopefully it won’t wash off).

-One point for Adam LaRoche for some solid base running in the 4th. That made it 2-0, which was huge at that point, since it didn’t look like Ohlendorf was going to get any support.

-One point for Nyjer Morgan for his steal, forcing the balk later, for a few good catches in the outfield, and for winning some girl a $1000 Seven Springs gift card for scoring a run in the 6th.

Other Stuff

-The Draft Prospects Tracker is updated with the Sunday games.

-Rich Poythress went 0 for 4 on Sunday, and didn’t reach base. This is the first time this season that Poythress didn’t reach base. That was a span of 38 games of reaching base with either a walk or a hit.

-Dustin Ackley, another draft prospect who hasn’t had trouble hitting this year, went 4 for 4, and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle on Sunday.

-And now for the pictures:

Nice view from the other side of the river (on my way to Primanti’s)…

Truthfully, I’d trade today’s win for this…I’m not afraid to say it, especially since I live 300 miles from Pittsburgh…

A few Pirate legends…

Not a good sight before the game…

Much better…

I think this was when Uggla lined out to left to get Ohlendorf out of the jam in the first…

Before the game my wife was saying I should have brought my poncho…there’s really no excuse for it when the mascot remembers…

I started taking pictures again later in the game, the usher noticed, and offered to move us down to the front row of the section…this is my boy Hanley Ramirez up close…

Jack Wilson up, Jaramillo on deck…Wilson doubled here…

Hinske waving his bat means the end for Ohlendorf tonight…

Nyjer Morgan getting ready to get my fantasy team an RBI…or just fly out to left to end the inning…I’ll take the steal from earlier…

Yates getting Hermida to ground out…

The motto for Sanchez in this at bat: I don’t care where the pitch is, I’m taking it…

Fireworks after McLouth’s homer.

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The double play Andy LaRoche started…including color commentary by myself at the end (Dynamite drop in Monty…that broadcast school really paid off)…

Lemonade Heerree! This is my favorite vendor. I’m going to make a “Lemonade Here” ringtone…

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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