The Pirates fell behind early before catching up during contest interrupted some showers. Paul Maholm overall looked good.
The Nationals came out swinging against Maholm. Ian Desmond singled and Jayson Werth doubled with one out in the first. Adam LaRoche damaged his old team with a two run single.
The Pirates went up in the fourth inning, putting together a four run inning that was interrupted by a rain delay. Jose Tabata was on first base following a walk from John Lannan. With two outs, Neil Walker's single was misplayed by Jayson Werth allowing Tabata to score and Walker to advance to third. After the delay, Steve Pearce walked and Brandon Wood, making his first start as a Pirate, laced a two run double. Chris Snyder singled him in to make it 4-2.
Washington collected just two hits over their final eight innings.
Maholm gave up those two runs in seven innings. He allowed four hits and two walks and struck out a seson high eight....
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.