Whatever the Pirate pitchers have, it must be contagious. Phil Dumatrait and John Grabow caught it too. Proving that a 6-0 lead is surmountable when you play Pittsburgh, the White Sox pounded out a 13-8 win.
The mound has become the Buc rotation's Bermuda Triangle. Once they toe the rubber, they're lost at sea. Is it too soon to declare the annual June swoon has arrived?
On the Pirate front: Since May 31, Jose Bautista has started all but two games and has posted a .345 average. After homering Wednesday, the third sacker finished the current six-game road trip with 3 long balls. He now has 7 on the season.
Bautista's batting average has improved to .255 since reclaiming everyday playing time, and he's driven in 11 of his 29 RBIs in his last 18 games. John Russell was dumb like a fox when he sat him down for Doug Meintkiewicz in early May.
Now to see if Joey Bats can hold off the horde of 3Bmen Pittsburgh's drafted and stashed in the minors.
On the minor league front: The Pirates traded RHP Jonah Bayliss to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Bayliss, 27, was 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA in 28 games for AAA Indianapolis. He pitched in 50 games over the past two seasons for the Pirates and went 5-4 with a 7.22 ERA.
The new suits continue to weed out the minor league organization. It's just about time for the guys in the bigs to get a little uncomfortable, too.