I feel for Paul Maholm. He tossed shutout baseball for seven innings and then watched the bullpen struggle. Maholm allowed just five hits and whiffed four.
The Pirates offense struggled against Jorge De La Rosa. He allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings to go along with 10 Ks. The Pirates lone run was an RBI single from Craig Monroe.
Tyler Yates almost blew the lead in the 8th. Two consecutive hits put runners on the corners. But, the umpiring crew ruled that Seth Smith left third base too soon on what would’ve been an SF from Troy Tulowitzki. Instead of a tie game, the Stones were left with a rally killing DP.
But in the 9th Matt Capps allowed a two run homer to Brad Hawpe and an RBI single from Matt Murton. Huston Street whiffed the side in the 9th.
Maholm was tough again.
Robinzon Diaz continues to hit – a single and a double.
One run and 13 whiffs for the offense.
Capps’ last blown save was unfortunately very recent – May 4.
de la Rosa’s last outing against Pittsburgh was also impressive – 6 IP and 1 ER on 7/19/08. This was his second straight double digit strikeout effort.
Ryan Spilborghs took a homer away from Jack Wilson in the third.
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