Happy Fourth, Pittsburgh. But you'll have to sit on the porch and look up if you want to see fireworks; the Bucs sure didn't provide any in losing 5-3 to the Fish.
You know the drill by now. The pitcher can't get his throw on target to first base. The next batter homers. Walk the eight guy to load the bases with two outs to get to the pitcher, and then serve up an 0-2 wild pitch. Claw back to within a run and watch the bullpen give it back - on a comebacker with a runner at third that the pitcher didn't look back. Nothing new here, folks.
The Pirates did hit a couple of long balls, from the bats of Andy LaRoche and Garrett Jones. Both were solo shots.
Ah well, rebuilding year, right? The Bucs finished the first half of the season at 37-44, which is probably better than we expected in March. The disappointing part is that their Pythagorean "should be" record is 41-40, based on runs scored/runs yielded. Those four more wins would sure have looked nice; they'd only be two game back.
-- George King III of the New York Post reported that "Pittsburgh had two scouts at last night's Yankee game. Their presence fueled speculation the Yankees have an interest in 30-year-old lefty reliever John Grabow. With Damaso Marte's return from shoulder problems looking less likely by the day, the Yankees could use a second lefty to complement Phil Coke."
-- OF Jonel Pacheco (.259 9/37) and C Milver Reyes (.227 0/2 - only 22 at-bats) have been promoted from Altoona to Indy. Infielder Ray Chang (.303 0/28) was promoted from Lynchburg to Altoona.
-- Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel made their pro debuts. Pitching for the GCL Pirates, Singh allowed two hits and one run in one inning. The left-hander struck out one. Righty Patel needed just eight pitches to get through his inning of relief. He struck out one and didn't allow a baserunner. Not million dollar arms, but not bad.