Friday, August 29, 2008

Back to Baseball

Well, Pedro and Boras gave us something to talk about during the off day. Today, Pittsburgh was back between the white lines. It was another dose of same ol', same ol', as the Bucs went down to the Brewers 3-1.

Gorzo gave up a single, walk, and Ryan Braun homer to start the game. He settled down after the first, giving up just two hits in the following six innings and retiring 21 of 24 batters. But the damage had been done.

The only Pirate response was a solo shot by Nate McLouth. Oh, they outhit the Brew Crew, 8-6, and got a couple of walks and errors to aid the cause, but stranded 11, 6 in scoring position. My kingdom for a two-out knock.

The Pirates are 7-19 for August, have lost eight in a row, and 12 of the last 14. September can't be worse...can it?

The Bucs plan to call up Ross Ohlendorf after Indy's season ends on Monday, and at least start with a six-man rotation, according to Jenifer Langosch of
"It works out pretty well I think," Russell said of employing a six-man rotation. "We still haven't solidified it, but we've put together a rough draft of how we want it to work. It might be six for two or three times around the rotation and then drop it down depending on where we're at."

After Monday's off-day, the Pirates will play on 20 consecutive days.

In minor league news, Bradenton lost its' one-and-out playoff game to the GCL Phillies, 7-4, yesterday.

3B Jarek Cunningham went 4-4 with a home run and 3 RBI to cap a terrific rookie year. The 18th-round, high school pick hit .318 with 5 homers and 22 RBI. 2B Adenson Chourio hit .335, third in the GCL, and was second in stolen bases, with 30.

LHPs Nelson Pereira and Tyler Cox finished 1-2 in the GCL ERA race at 1.62 and 1.79 respectively. Pereira was 6-2 with 46 K's in 50 innings, while Cox, a 35th round draft pick, was 2-3 with 42 strikeouts in 45 innings.

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