Game 111: Rockies Rip Maholm

If you don’t count the first two innings, the Pirates won 3-2. Unfortunately they do count and Colorado outscored the Bucs 6-1. Paul Maholm was charged with all eight runs in 2-2/3.

Carlos Gonzalez got it going for the Stones with a one out, two run homer in the first inning. Dexter Fowler drove in Ryan Spilborghs with a two out single. Fowler advanced to second on a wild pitch and was nearly thrown out. He was called safe and the next three Rockies (Clint Barmes, Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki) all hit run scoring doubles. Just like that it was 6-0.

Maholm hurt himself with a two out error in the third. Rockies starter Esmil Rogers doubled home Ian Stewart and Maholm was sent to the dugout. Daniel McCutchen gave up a double to Fowler before retiring the side.

The Pirates nibbled their way back into contention. Ronny Cedeno hit a two out RBI singled in the second. Andrew McCutchen scored when Melvin Mora couldn’t handle a double play relay throw in the third. Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez had RBI singles in the fifth to make it 8-4. But that was it. The Pirates didn’t advance a runner to third after the fifth inning.

Daniel McCutchen pitched well in relief. He went 4-1/3 and gave up five hits and no walks. Rogers was the winner, lasting six innings and giving up four runs (three earned). He gave up eight hits and struck out three.

The Good
The bullpen tossed 6-1/3 of shutout ball. That’s a nice change from what they’ve done recently.

Jose Tabata, Walker and Cedeno each had two hits.

Daniel McCutchen stole a base after being hit by a pitch.

The Bad
Ugh – Maholm.

The Rest
Rogers had never faced Pittsburgh before. Maholm is 1-6 against Colorado and has been hit hard by them twice this year.

The last Pirate pitcher with more than one career steal is Oliver Perez. Last Bucco hurler with more than two career steals is Jim Rooker. Daniel McCutchen is on his way!

Gonzalez had his third straight multi-hit game and has had four hits three times in his last eight contests.

Tulowitzki had nine hits in the series.

Andrew McCutchena and Daniel McCutchen both stole a base. Last time two Pirates with the same last name stole a base in the same game was 9/30/2005 when Jack Wilson and Craig Wilson each swiped a bag.

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