Game 32 Recap: Bucs Bullpen Blows One for Maholm

Resop got the loss in relief.

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 and stole second. He scored the tying run on a Pence double. Jose Veras entered for Resop. Carlos Lee singled hom Pence and the Houston bullpen made it stand up.

Pittsburgh stranded Xavier Paul at third in the eighth, but went down in order in the ninth.

Maholm deserved better. He allowed one run in seven innings. He gave up five hits (all singles) and walked three. The late runs made a winner out of Rodriguez. He gave up two runs in seven innings. He gave up five hits and two walks. Mark Melancon recorded the save, his first ever.

The Good
Maholm was sharp.

The Bad
Blowing a late lead.

Blowing a chance to be at .500

I don’t think this team has one player that can carry a huge offensive load and no one is especially hot. They finished with only five hits.

The Rest
Resop had only give up one run in his last eleven appearances, covering 13-2/3 innings.

Rodriguez is 7-4 against the Pirates lifetime. Pittsburgh came into the game only hitting .210 against Rodriguez. In a combined 105 at bats, no current Pirates have a homer off of him.

Maholm remains 10-6 against Houston lifetime. He has more career wins against the Astros than against any other team.

Woods’ two hit night was his first multi-hit game as a Pirate.

Anyone else annoyed with Baseball-Reference.com’s ‘Fan EloRater’. Seems very forced.

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

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.

Marte Homers, Three Hits For Grovatt

Next Story »

Jarek Cunningham Off to a Hot Start

Latest Analysis

  • Arquimedes Caminero

    Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles After Today’s Cuts

    2 hours ago

    With less than a week remaining in camp, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their latest round of cuts this morning, sending three relievers to minor league camp, including ...

    Read More
  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    2 days ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    3 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    4 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    5 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    1 week ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    1 week ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles

    More