Coming into the game, the Washington bullpen was much maligned - a league worst ERA with 14 loses and a league low six saves. Tonight it was the Pirates turn to lose a game late.
Coming into the fifth inning, the Pirates had been held hitless and were trailing 3-0. Not only were they held hitless through four, but they were being held down by a dude making his MLB Debut - Craig Stammen, who went to the University of Dayton. My own backyard.
The LaRoche brothers fueled a comeback. The Bucs first hit of the game was a double by Adam in the fifth. He would score on a groundout by Andy. Stammen began to struggle in the 7th. A walk to Nate McLouth, a homer by Adam LaRoche, a double by Brandon Moss and a single from Andy LaRoche put the Pirates up 4-3 and sent Stammen to the showers.
Tom Gorzelanny relieved Ian Snell to start the 7th. He had a 1-2-3 first inning. But the 8th is where it went sour. He allowed four straight singles that plated two runs, pushing Washington ahead to stay.