Charlie Morton went four forgettable frames. He was hit hard, again living high in the strike zone. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he gave up four runs on six hits with a walk and wild pitch in the next three. He's gone 11 innings in his last two trips to the bump and managed but one whiff.
The Pirates cut the lead to 4-1 in the fifth when Casey McGehee singled home Matt Hague, as the Bucs stringed three of their four hits together (the other was a first inning, two-out triple by Cutch). But Chris Resop gave that run back the next inning and Jared Hughes was lit up for three more in the seventh to make it a laugher. On the plus side, Doug Slaten, Brad Lincoln and Jason Grilli all worked perfect frames.
Homer Bailey started tonight with a line of 5-0/1.94 ERA against the Pirates, and that slash got better with his complete game victory (his second lifetime; the other was also against Pittsburgh). Heck, he even went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.
AJ Burnett and Johnny Cueto take the hill tomorrow.
- With Clint Barmes on the bench - Clint Hurdle said he'd get a couple of days off to work on his swing - tonight was the first Bucco lineup of the season where every position player was north of the Mendoza line.
- Both Doug Slaten and Jordy Mercer made their Bucco debuts tonight. Slaten tossed a 1-2-3 frame while Mercer had one at-bat, a ground out to short.
- JT made a nice over the shoulder grab in the OF, but loafed another ball into a single. We're wondering if after hurting his leg Monday if he has just one good run per game in him; maybe he needs a day or two off to rest his wheels.
- On a dark and stormy night, the paid attendance was 12,077 with maybe half actually filling a seat.
- At Indy, LHP Rudy Owens went 6-2/3 innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk while fanning seven in a 3-1 win.
- Remember LHP Phil Dumatrait, who pitched for the Bucs in 2008-09? He just announced his retirement after a career derailed by a couple of surgeries. He last played for the Twins last season.