Walker's first inning miscue led to an early deficit
Great weather (61 degrees). Nice crowd (second largest in PNC history). Home for the first time after a successful road trip to start the season. A fitting tribute to Chuck Tanner before the game. Everything went according to plan except someone silenced the bats. That someone was Esmil Rogers.
Rogers came into the game with nine career starts and two career wins (one in relief and one as a starter). That lone win as a starter came 8/8/10 in Pittsburgh when faced Pittsburgh for the first time in his career.
Things got off to a rocky start once the pre-game ceremonies ceased. Neil Walker threw away a double play grounder with one out in the bottom of the first. That miscue allowed one run to score and put Carlos Gonzalez - who had hit the ball to Walker - on third. He scored on a sac fly from Troy Tulowitzki.
The Pirates nearly tied it in the first. Jose Tabata and Walker singled. A shaken Rogers uncorked a wild one, pu...
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.