The Pirates were six outs from being 16-16. They were six outs from nailing down a win for Paul Maholm. Chris Resop had a rare poor outing and took the loss.
Houston got on the board first. Jason Bourgeois singled leading off the game. He stole second and then moved to third on a single from Michael Bourn. Hunter Pence lofted a sac fly to bring Bourgeois home. But Maholm settled in after that. He retired ten straight Houston hitters before putting two on in the sixth. He got out of that jam with a double play grounder from Clint Barmes.
Houston starter Wandy Rodriguez was equally strong. He had faced the minimum through four innings with some help from two double plays. Pittsburgh evened it at one in the fifth when Lyle Overbay and Brandon Wood hit consecutive two out doubles.
Neil Walker homered leading off the fourth inning to give the Pirates a precarious 2-1 lead. It didn't hold up. Resop relieved Maholm to start the eighth. Bourn walked a...
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.