Analysis

Long Balls Doom Bucs

Long Balls Doom Bucs

The Pirates took an early lead, fell behind quickly, tied it up late and lost it in regulation.
The Bucco offense plated two in the first in support of Jeff Karstens. It might've been more, but Freddy Sanchez was thrown out at home on a single from Adam LaRoche.
But, Karstens quickly allowed the Beer Makers to take the lead. Solo homers in the first (Ryan Braun) and third (Mike Cameron) formed the bread of a three run homer sandwich that came in the second off the bat of Rickie Weeks.
The Pirates eeked back into it with an RBI from Eric Hinske in the fifth and a game tying two run double from Freddy Sanchez with two out in the 8th.
But the wheels came off the bullpen in the 8th. Tyler Yates walked Bill Hall to start then inning, then plunked Jason Kendall (his second HBP of the game). Craig Counsell (from Notre Dame) delivered a sac bunt and the go ahead run scored on a fielder's choice grounder from Weeks. John Grabow relieved Yates and gave up a two run double to Corey Hart. A...

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