Game 4 Recap: Bucs Bunch Runs and Hold On

Morton had a great outing in his 2011 debut, allowing one run in six innings.

79 wins and counting to reach a season above .500 for the first time since before I even began dating my wife of 16 years. I don’t blame her for the dry spell. Though sometimes I wonder in secret.

Kyle Lohse entered the game with a 5-1 career mark against the Pirates. He was in control through five, having allowed just two hits and one runner to second base. But the sixth inning saw Pittsburgh collect three of their eight hits and their lone walk to push across all four of their runs.

Ronny Cedeno led off with a single. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton sacrificed him over. Jose Tabata walked in front of a two run double from Neil Walker. Andrew McCutchen followed with a two run tater to right. That was all the scoring the Pirates got and thankfully all they needed.

Morton was effectively wild. He gave up two singles and a double to go along with five walks in six innings. St. Louis got to him for a single run in the second on a double play grounder.

Evan Meek continued to struggle. He began the eighth and allowed all three hitters he faced to reach base. Michael Crotta relieved him after a Lance Berkman single made it 4-2 and put runners on the corners with no one out. Crotta induced a run scoring fielder’s choice from Allen Craig and then whiffed David Freese. Joel Hanrahan was summoned to face Yadier Molina and the Pirates closer struck him out to end the threat.

Hanrahan posted a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.

The Good
I’ll take 32 or 33 more just like that one from Charlie Morton.

Neil Walker had three of the eight hits for the team.

Bucs won just 17 road games last year and have three in 2011.

The Bad
Buc hitters have walked just twice in the last two games.

It’s early and I don’t want to panic, but Meeks is giving me the yips.

The Rest
After a stellar first half last year, Meek’s second half ERA was a somewhat pedestrian 3.73. So far in 2011, his ERA is in double digits.

A lot has been made about how huge a year Albert Pujols will have given that he is playing for what will likely be an enormous contract. So far he is 2-16 and picked up his first walk of the season tonight.

Morton had just two wins last year and only one through mid-September. Morton’s second and final win in 2010 came against St. Louis.

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Randy Linville

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.

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  • Stefan

    Tim, did you hear about the comments made on Baseball Tonight?

    They said watch out for Charlie Morton and that he could be special if he keeps throwing that sinkerball.

    Also supposedly Matt Diaz told one of them in the spring that Morton’s sinkerball was Roy Halladay like…

    What do you think?

  • Anonymous

    Morton’s tremendous stuff has been well known; he pitched lights out when he got here in ’09; and showed his great promise late summer last year. He had a mental breakdown known as “Kerrigan syndrome” for most of ’10.

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