OK, we got pretty much what we expected out of Dana Eveland. He lasted five innings and gave up three runs on six hits, walked a couple, beaned one, and uncorked a wild pitch while allowing the leadoff runner aboard every inning, not exactly the second coming of Cy Young.
But considering he hasn't done anything but play catch with the ballgirl since May 22nd, we're willing to give him a couple of starts to see if he is indeed an upgrade or just the same ol'.
The story wasn't Eveland, but the Buc bats. Jose Silva owned them, getting 13 of the first 14 hitters while running his record to 8-0. The Pirates had one chance to make it a game, but with the bases juiced and two out in the fifth, Andrew McCutchen flew out.
They finished the game with six hits, stranded seven, and had a 1-for-9 RISP performance in their 6-1 loss.
The only good news to come out of the game is that the Bucs, with Jason Jaramillo behind the dish, actually threw out a base stealer. Of course, there were those three he didn't gun...
Tonight will be the main lede. Our unsought advice to Neal Huntington; if your choices are a high school pitcher, college pitcher, or toolsy position player, go with the guy who will be in the field everyday.
EDIT - They took high school pitcher Jameson Taillon. Hey, even GW's wife ignores him!
The only other question we have is this: if indeed they bring up Brad Lincoln, no sure thing yet, why couldn't the suits have managed the rotation so he went against Steven Strasburg?
How bad could something that would generate an ocean of ink while lighting a fire under the fannies of a battered fan base be? Like the Boss says: "Show a little faith, there's magic in the night..."