A game whose scoring started with so much promise - Pedro Alvarez' first homer of the year - quickly turned into a disaster. Scott Cousins hit a grand slam in the second inning and Brett Hayes hit a three run bomb in the next inning as Florida clobbered James McDonald and the Pirates.
Alvarez' tater came with two down in the second off Chris Volstad. The led didn't last long. McDonald loaded the bases in the home half of the second by walking Gaby Sanchez, giving up a single to Greg Dobbs and walking Mike Stanton. Cousins was up next and he cleared the bases with a shot to right center. Florida loaded the bases a second time in the inning, but only scored once more on a Hanley Ramirez ground out.
More damage was done in the third. A walk to Stanton and a double by Cousins brought up Hayes and he poked one out to left to make it 8-1.
Alvarez doubled in the fifth and scored on a grounder from John Bowker. Michael Crotta was on in fi...
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.