I like it when regional teams travel well and help fill the stadium. Philadelphia fans came out strongly and helped put nearly 40,000 people in PNC park. But it was the Pirate fans who went home happy.
Charlie Morton was once again effective and picked up sixth win on the year. The offense supported him with scores in four different innings to win 6-3.
Morton gave up hits to the first two hitters - Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco - to put runners on first and third with one out. Chase Ultey whiffed. A grounder from Ryan Howard scored Rollins. Shane Victorino flied out to end the threat.
The Pirates jumped into the lead immediately off of Kyle Kendrick (who wasn't featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated before the year began). Kendrick was called on to start with Joe Blanton on the disabled list. Jose Tabata led off the game with a double. Xavier Paul successfully bunted him to third. Andrew McCutchen followed with an RBI single to tie t...
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.