Game 3: Belliard’s Bat Sinks Bucs

Neither Manny Ramirez or Russell Martin were in the starting line up. They got an early day off. Seeing that, I figured that the Pirates had a good shot at winning their third straight. Well, I was wrong.

Ronnie Belliard missed the cycle by a single and knocked in four runs. LA scored the first four runs off of Paul Maholm over three different innings. Belliard’s two run dinger in the fifth put the Bums up by four.

The Dodgers put the game away in the seventh by tagging newly acquired Hayden Penn for six hits and four runs. Reed Johnson was thrown out at the plate and Jamey Carroll grounded into a DP. Otherwise, LA might still be hitting.

Maholm went six and gave up four runs in getting the loss. Chad Billingsley gave up just one run in 5-1/3 to get the W.

The Good
Delwyn Young had two hits and two walks.

LA pitched carefully to Garrett Jones and he patiently accpted two walks.

Andy LaRoche had a hit. LaRoche’s first hit last year came in his 8th game of the season.

The Bad
Bobby Crosby started at SS for the first time. He had two singles. The bad part? Two miscues.

Penn gave up four runs and scattered three outs. Javier Lopez pitched the ninth and gave up two runs. Combined the two of them got six outs and allowed six runs.

The Rest
Maholm is winless in seven career starts against LA. Billingsley is now 3-0 versus the Pirates.

Jones’ homer streak ends at two. The last Pirate to homer in three or more straight games in April was Nate McLouth from 4/26/09 to 4/29/09.

Analysis
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