Charlie Morton swore to the beat writers that he was sticking to fastballs today; no more falling behind and getting whacked. We guess the Giants read the sports page just as much as anyone else, and like the D-backs, they sat back, got ahead in the count, and smacked the heater, too, winning 6-0 in the rubber game at the Golden Gate.
Morton lasted six innings, and gave up eight hits, including three homers (one was an inside-the-park job, but it was crushed even if it didn't clear the fence). He continued the trend of non-quality starts; the Pirates have had one so far this season.
Not that it made much difference. The Pirate bats produced three hits, two singles by Lastings Milledge and a Ronny Cedeno double. It was not a very good day at the shop.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Sanchez served up eight goose eggs while allowing three hits and adding a career-best 11 strikeouts.
Well, the Bucs are on the big bird, on the way back to Pittsburgh. Zach Duke will face rookie wonder Mike Leake and the Reds Friday night at PNC Park.