It might be a good sign for Colorado that some of their slumping hitters contributed to a four run outburst in the second inning. What certainly isn't a good sign for the Pirates is that their offense continues to be anemic.
The game started solidly. Andrew McCutchen drove a pitch from Jason Hammel over the fence for a quick 1-0 lead. But that would be the only run for the Pirates. Hammel would scatter five singles and two walks over the next six frames to hold the Pirates to the single tally. The Pirates hit into double plays in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Paul Maholm also went seven innings and allowed Colorado to score in only one of them. Unfortunately they scored four times. That happened in the second frame. Carlos Gonzalez (hitting .216 coming into the game) doubled off the all in left, over the head of Matt Diaz who had replaced Jose Tabata in the field. Tabata left the game with tightness in his leg after his at bat in t...
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.