Man, some days that third out is so hard to get. Brian Burres was bobbin' and weavin' his way through the Reds for three innings, giving up one unearned run (on a two out double, natch) when the wheels fell off in the fourth.
He walked the first two batters on nine pitches and gave up a single to Drew Stubbs on an 0-2 pitch. But Burres coaxed a DP ball out of the next hitter, and with the pitcher up, he looked like he'd escape with a just a run in for the bad guys.
But he fell behind Adam Harang 3-0, and two pitches later he singled. The next hitter doubled, and Jeff Karstens came in to toss a little gas on the fire by giving up two more hits before getting that third out.
And they had chances; a high relay to the plate cost them one chance to end the inning, and a grounder that bounced a step away from Aki Iwamura somehow got past him. It was originally ruled an error, but since he completely whiffed on the ball, the scorer later changed to a hit. Giving a team five outs is a sure recipe for a big inning.
Instead of a 2-2 game, it was 6-2, and Cincy would never look back, winning 7-5. They tacked on another tally when Karstens was taken deep by Stubbs - with two away. If you're keeping count, that's six Red runs out of seven driven home with two gone.
The Bucs got their runs on a two run homer by Ronny Cedeno with two outs, two strikes, and the pitcher on deck, a two run double off the bat of Delwyn Young, who had three hits, and a sac fly from Garrett Jones. The hitters did their job tonight...if the team could only get that third out.
Paul Maholm will take on rookie wunderkind Mike Leake tomorrow night.
-- Ronny Cedeno wasted no time keeping his 15 game on-base streak alive; he homered during his first at bat in the second.
-- Steve Pearce sprained his ankle while chasing down a wayward toss from Delwyn Young from across the diamond. No word on how long he'll be out; he left the park on crutches and is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. X-rays were negative for a break.
-- Andy LaRoche is getting more than a breather; he sat out his third game with stiffness in his back. Delwyn Young got to play the hot corner tonight.
-- Diego Moreno, 23, was promoted today from Bradenton to Altoona. The Venezuelan reliever is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in 26-1/3 innings, giving up eleven hits, two walks, and striking out 39 with a WHIP of 0.49. Pretty impressive stuff from the fireballer, who throws in the mid-nineties and touches 97.
-- Another Marauder, RHP Nathan Adcock, was named as the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. He was 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and twelve K's in twelve innings over that span.
-- C Robinzon Diaz found out the grass isn't always greener... After being cut loose by the Bucs after last season, he signed with the Tigers. He's hitting .216 at AAA Toledo.