The evening was full of drama. I’m in Chicago and took in my first game ever at Wrigley. I was on hand to watch Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs get pounded by Washington (shout out to Dave and Ross who are rooming with each other temporarily). Elijah Dukes hit a grand slam to blow the game open.Got to see Tom Gorzelanny come in from the bullpen and pitch. Plus, Aramis Ramirez. Big night for ex-Buccos.
Also did quite a bit of scoreboard watching as the game I witnessed live was quickly getting out of hand.
Jimmy Rollins provided early fireworks with a pair of solo homers off of Ross Ohlendorf. The Pirates countered with their own long ball as homers from Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce put the home town nine up 3-2. Ohlendorf went 6-1/3 and allowed just the two runs on five hits. The Pirates trotted out three relievers to be able to hand the ball to Matt Capps in the 9th. After a pair of doubles tied the scored, Shane Victorino tripled over the head of Andrew McCutchen who misplayed the ball, allowing the go ahead run to score.
Cutch got it back in the 9th. Brad Lidge was on and didn’t retire a batter. A single, a wild pitch and a single from Brandon Moss tied the score. McCutchen then delivered a walk off dinger. Ball game. Bucs win.
That was Lidge’s 9th blown save of the year. Capps has blown four times, but picked up the win in this case. Phils starter Joe Blanton allowed three runs in six innings and struck out seven.
Coming back and winning.
Cutch in the clutch
Blowing a win for Ohlendorf.
Garrett Jones was 0-3 with a walk and three whiffs.
Doumit had his first two walk game since 9/3/08.
Blanton had allowed just one earned run in 14-1/3 IP in two previous outings against the Pirates.
Capps blew five saves in 2008. His ERA last year was a full 3.50 runs lower than where it stands now.
This was McCutchen’s first walk off homer and the first time he homered after the sixth inning.