Game 31 Recap: Doumit’s Slam Holds Up as Bucs Take Series

Doumit homered with the bases full in the third inning.

The Pirates took advantage of some San Diego miscues to score six runs in the third inning. Ryan Doumit’s grand slam was the big blow in support of Kevin Correia.

Pittsburgh took advantage of some wildness from San Diego starter Clayton Richards to score one run in the second without benefit of a hit. Neil Walker and Ryan Doumit walked. Walker swiped third and scored on a ground out from Brandon Wood.

The fireworks would wait until the next inning. Andrew McCutchen singled with one out. Consecutive errors from Nick Hundley and Chase Headley jammed the bases. Walker’s single scored a pair. Steve Pearce walked to load the bases again and Doumit emptied them with a grand slam. It was 7-0 Pirates before San Diego recorded a hit.

The Padres mounted something of a comeback. Ryan Ludwick’s fourth inning grounder scored Will Venable who had led off against Correia with a triple. The Padres scored another and chased Correia from the game in the seventh. Cameron Maybin led off with a single and scored on Brad Hawpe’s double. Chris Resop relieved Correia and got three outs without any more damage.

But the Padres weren’t done. Jose Veras pitched the ninth for Pittsburgh and gave up solo jacks to Hawpe and Eric Patterson before he could retire the side, making the final score 7-4.

Correia toiled for six plus innings. He was charged with two runs. He gave up five hits and two walks. He struck out three while getting his fifth win on the year. Richard got the loss. He pitched five innings and gave up all seven runs. Only one of those runs was earned. He walked three and gave up four hits.

The Good
Winning another road series.

Correia

Daniel McCutchen tossed another scoreless inning.

Doumit and Matt Diaz both had two hits.

The Bad
Bucs struck out eleven times.

The Rest
This was Doumit’s third career grand slam. His last one came 4/27/10 against Milwaukee.

This was Correia’s third career win against San Diego, his former team.

Bucs have the day off tomorrow to travel home for a weekend series against Houston.

Author: 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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  • http://twitter.com/BuccoFan_4Life Sean

    I would have added Jose Veras in the bad column – He is lucky we had such a big lead (that he almost blew) Striking out is still a big problem with this team – When you do it alot, you squander opportunities cause you are not putting the ball in play for either a hit, sacrifice, or possible error on other team

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree. Also, I don’t remember Doumit also hitting a grand slam last week. How did I miss that?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    Just don’t understand how we score so much in first 2 innings and then can’t seem to get anything going after that. Your right though, way too many K’s.