What a difference a year makes for Charlie Morton. He was an enigma last year. How could a guy with such good stuff be so bad? Well, he has turned it around this year. He tossed his second complete game of the season (and second against Cincinnati) and was credited with his second career shutout.
What little offense there was came in spurts. The Pirates and Reds each collected two hits in the first inning. Neither was able to score. The Reds would only get three more hits the rest of the game. Pittsburgh broke through in the fourth against Bronson Arroyo. Neil Walker walked with one out. Lyle Overbay singled and Pedro Alvarez homered (finally!) to make it 3-0 Buccos.
The Pirates secured some insurance in the seventh. Andrew McCutchen's dinger scored Ronny Cedeno who had doubled. That made it 5-0 and that was all the scoring. I pity anyone who left their seats for either of those two at bats.
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.