The Pirates offense woke up to support their longest tenured starting pitcher. The Pirates clobbered four homers and Maholm continued to pitch effectively in throwing a complete game three hit shutout.
Randy Wells faced off against Maholm and through the first three frames, the clubs combined for just a single knock. That changed in the fourth inning. Andrew McCutchen singled and Neil Walker doubled him to third. After Lyle Overbay whiffed, Steve Pearce cracked a two run single. Chris Snyder walked and then Ronny Cedeno belted a three run dinger. Maholm would need no more, but the Pirates would pile on the taters.
In the sixth Overbay and Snyder connected on solo bombs off of reliever James Russell. Scott Maine walked Jose Tabata to lead off the eighth. He later scored on a homer from McCutchen. In the ninth, consecutive doubles from Tabata and Garrett Jones plated the tenth and final run of the game against former Buc John Grabow.
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.