San Diego's bats awoke somewhat. The Padres got three solo homers from players who had yet to homer in 2011 in beating Pittsburgh 6-5.
The Pirates drew first blood off of Mat Latos. Andrew McCutchen drew a walk to lead off the game. Xavier Paul's bunt went for a single. One out later, Neil Walker doubled them both in. Latos would not be scored on again and went six innings. He benefited from three double plays turned behind him.
Latos' bat got one run back. He led off the third inning against Jeff Karstens with a drive to left. Eric Patterson, who replaced Orlando Hudson in the first after the O-Dog strained his hamstring running out a double in the fist, homered with no one on and one out to tie the score at two each. Ryan Ludwick doubled and Cameron Maybin singled him in to give San Diego a 3-2 lead.
Luke Gregerson relievd Latos in the seventh and coughed up the lead. A walk to Chris Snyder and a single from Ronny Cedeno put runners on the...
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.