Giles Beats Pirates in 11

It went late out West. 11 innings and nearly 3:45 of baseball later, Brian Giles sharp liner down the right field line scored Chris Burke with the winning run.

Kevin Correia and Ian Snell both went five innings and allowed three earned runs. Snell walked five and gave up five extra base hits. So, it could’ve been much worse. He snagged a liner up the box by Jody Gerut with the bases loaded and two gone in the fourth.

The Pirates got him off the hook with two runs in the sixth. The Pirates left the bases loaded in the sixth with Jack Wilson striking out to end the threat. Then the bullpens took over. The Pirate relievers allowed just one hit during the next five innings.

In the 11th, Matt Capps walked Chris Burke and David Eckstein in front of Giles game winning, two out hit.

The Good

Nice work by the bullpen. Jesse Chavez continues to be used in tight situations, being the first guy out of the pen in a tie game.

The Bad

Snell was a tad uneven. He kept the team in the game.

Njyer Morgan was picked off first base after leading off the first with a single. I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

The Rest

Former Bucco Jody Gerut hit lead off for SD and was 0-6.

This was Ian Snell’s first ever two hit game. He drove in the Pirates first run.

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John Lease

Kevin Young is up there, somewhere…


Young is actually 39th in hits, surprised me he was that low because he was around so long. One spot ahead of him is Barry Bonds

Kevin Joyce

Plus numbers 12 and 13 ( Dave Parker and Al OLiver) are certainly better than some in Cooperstown.

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