Maholm had a great start today, but the bullpen couldn't hold the lead.

Things were looking good for the Pittsburgh Pirates today through seven innings.  Paul Maholm was cruising along with an excellent start, one day after Kevin Correia gave the Pirates a great start of his own.  The offense came through with a few runs, thanks to RBIs by Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez, and a solo home run by Garrett Jones.  However, things fell apart in the eighth inning, with the Pirates trying to close out a 3-0 lead.

Evan Meek came on to pitch the eighth inning, which usually is a good sign.  Meek had a 2.14 ERA in 80 innings in 2010, with a 1.05 WHIP, a 7.9 K/9, and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio.  Yesterday he pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, and striking out two.  That wasn't the case today. ...

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