The pitching was good. Again. The hitting was not. Again. Brooks Conrad hit a two run pinch hit homer in the eleventh inning to win it for Atlanta.
The Pirates managed only two runs and were held without a hit over the final four frames.
James McDonald was touched early. He gave up a double to Jordan Schafer to start the game. Alex Gonzalez and Chipper Jones followed with singles to make it 1-0. But McDonald got Brian McCann to pop out and Eric Hinske hit into an inning ending double play. Hinske got some measure of revenge in the sixth inning with a solo homer for Atlanta's second run of the game.
The Pirates stayed in it to that point. Mike Minor was forced to start in place of Tim Hudson and he was solid. Jose Tabata singled and stole second in the third inning. Steve Pearce singled him home. Pearce knotted the game at two in the seventh with a solo homer off of Eric O'Flaherty.
Pearce was unable to deliver in the ninth. He was...
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.