Friday, August 23, 2013

Bucs Batter Bay City 10-5

The Bucs started off like a house afire against Matt Cain - JT, Neil Walker and Cutch all lined singles off him, making it 1-0 and leaving runners on first and second for the middle of the order. Alas, that didn't pan out thanks to a Pedro K and Russ Martin DP, but it was a lead for Jeff Locke before he took the hill. He pitched a four-batter frame, walking Brandon Belt with two down.

In the second, the Bucs added on when Garrett Jones and Jordy Mercer both took fastballs far into the night, with Jones' ball splashing down in McCovey Cove, to make it 3-0. The Giants got a walk and a pair of softly hit singles in their half, but thanks to a timely DP were kept off the board.

The Pirates threatened in the third when Cutch singled and Pedro's opposite gap drive had the misfortune to bounce over the wall for a ground rule double. We all know what happened next: a grounder that led to an off-on-contact out at the plate and a pop out. The Pirates should have been running away and hiding. The Giants chipped away with a walk, single and sac fly to make it 3-1.

Gaby lined a ball off Cain's forearm to open the fourth (it was later diagnosed as just a bruise) and Guillermo Moscoso took over. picking up a pair of K for the Giants' first clean inning, which was one more than Locke tossed. A walk, an infield single, a sac bunt and a two out single tied the game. Locke was a batter away from being yanked; as is, Jeanmar Gomez came on in the fifth. Locke would go just four frames, giving up three runs on five hits - only one not of the garden ground ball variety - four walks and three K after 73 pitches.

The Pirates loaded the bases to open the fifth against Moscoso, who hit Jose Tabata and walked the next two Pirates. In came Jose Mijares, whogave up a couple of sac flies,sandwiched between a Pedro two-run double and JT's bases loaded, bases clearing two-out double. That made it 10-3 and was pretty much the ballgame, which settled into a quiet affair until the bottom of the eighth. Jared Hughes got himself in trouble when after two outs, he gave up three hits and a walk,allowing a pair of runs on a ground rule double to make the final 10-5.

It was nice to see the Pirate batters pick up the pieces for a change when the pitching was off. JT had three hits, three RBI and two runs scored while the slumping Garrett Jones banged out a pair of hits with a walk. If those two can put together a strong closing five weeks, the Bucs will be in good shape. But Locke continues to nibble; he explained to the media that he feels like he has to work around edges to succeed. That's bad news and a bad approach.

Jeanmar Gomez finished with three shutout, no hit innings for his third win of the season. And with Wandy gone and Locke having a meltdown, the Bucs may just want to stretch him out some more.

Charlie Morton goes against Madison Bumgarner tonight.

  • Adam LaRoche is the only other Pirate beside Jones to splash down in McCovey Cove. He launched one off Tim Lincecum in 2007.  
  • Jose Tabata had his three three-hit games this month and his second three-RBI game of the season.
  • Pedro has equaled his career high of 85 RBI.
  • Cutch and Garrett Jones are sitting on 99 career homers.
  • The fifth inning was the second seven run frame for the Bucs this year. They also matched it on 6/28 vs. Milwaukee in the second.

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