The Toothpick Factory resembled the Lumber Company of old. The Pirates jumped on former Bucco Bronson Arroyo with both feet. Arroyo scattered twelve outs among nine hits and two walks. The Pirates got to him for five tallies. On the flip side, Charlie Morton equaled his 2010 win total with a complete game and was just one out away from tossing a shutout.
Both teams had opportunities in the first inning. The Pirates stranded Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay. Drew Stubbs and Joey Votto were left onboard when Morton got Scott Rolen to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.
Garrett Jones started the second with a dinger. Chris Snyder doubled but was left on base. Snyder came up again in the third with Overbay and Pedro Alvarez on and delivered a single to make it 2-0 Pirates. The fourth inning gave the Pirates and Morton a nice cushion. With two outs Tabata doubled. Overbay's single knocked him in. Neil Walker followed with a homer deep to righ...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.