Ricky Nolasco and Edwin Mujica combined on a five hit shutout as the Pirates failed to score for the second time in a row. Charlie Morton was victimized by a bunch of two out hits.
It was an ugly second inning. Morton got the first two batters but gave up consecutive singles to John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio. He walked Nolasco and then gave up a two run single to Chris Coghlan. Omar Infante's single into left was misplayed by Jose Tabata, allowing another run to score. Hanley Ramirez singled in the fourth run of the inning.
Morton gave up another pair in the next inning. A single by Greg Dobbs, a walk to Mike Stanton and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with no one out. But Bonifacio and Coghlan came up with RBI knocks to push the score to 6-0.
The Pirates couldn't do much against Nolasco. He struck out five Pirates in a row in the fourth and fifth inning. Pittsburgh advanced just one runner past second base through ...
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.