Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bucs Fall To The King 2-1

The game started off great: AJ pitched a clean first with a couple of K. The Bucs jumped on Felix Hernandez for a quick run on Starling Marte's lead off double into the LF corner and Cutch's single up the middle an out later. Garrett Jones drew a walk, but as has been their MO recently, the Pirates failed to maximize the early damage. Today, The Fort was the culprit, banging into a 6-4-3 DP.

For the next two innings, some pretty good ball was being tossed. The Mariners were nine up, nine down, and the Bucs managed a Clint Barmes single.

In the fourth, AJ's wheels began to wobble. He walked Michael Saunders (the first of three free passes he would earn) and Jay Bay on seven-pitch at-bats. Burnett got a strikeout, but then a wild pitch - his second of the frame - followed by a groundout brought home Saunders. Could be that he and Mike McKenry just aren't used to one another; it's only the second time they've been a battery. Cheap though it may be, the run counted and it was tied. The King tossed a 1-2-3 frame.

The Bucs got a leadoff double from Jordy Mercer in the fifth, and Clint Hurdle called on Clint Barmes and AJ to bunt. Barmes missed a couple a then flew out, moving Mercer to third; Burnett whiffed. A sacrifice with a runner at second or third is just throwing away an out, and the Bucs tossed a couple down the drain. The sixth went quietly both ways.

In the seventh, AJ made his big mistake. With an out, he left a first pitch fastball down the middle and just above the knees to Jesus Montero, who dropped it a half dozen rows deep into the seats in right center. Burnett left after the frame, giving up two runs on two hits with four walks, two WP and nine K after 109 throws. The Bucs tried to rally for him when The Fort led off with a knock, but Pedro followed with a comebacker and 1-6-3 DP.

Vin Mazzaro put up a goose egg in the eighth, and the Bucs gave it the college try - JT lost a knock to a tumbling Endy Chavez in right, and Marte legged out an infield single, only to stumble when trying to steal second with two outs and getting picked off.

Bryan Morris pitched a calm ninth for Pittsburgh, as did Tom Wilhelmsen for the Mariners, and Seattle got the split behind Felix Hernandez 2-1.

The Pirates now visit the Mets as Jeff Locke takes on Dillon Gee tomorrow night at Citi Field.

  • The Pirates outhit Seattle 7-3, but two DPs and a caught stealing pretty much kept them from threatening Hernandez. Pittsburgh only whiffed five times during the game.
  • The Bucs drew 18,877.
  • Jonathan Sanchez has cleared waivers and been officially released by the Pirates.
  • Kris Johnson went five shutout innings for Indy, giving up two hits with five K. OF Felix Pie's homer was the offense in a 2-0 win.

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