Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eddie & El Coffee Lead Bucs to 7-2 Win Over the Fish

Nice 1-2-3 start for Edinson Volquez. Actually he walked leadoff hitter Christian Yelich, but Russ gunned him down trying to swipe second. Jordy and Russ had back-to-back singles with one gone against Brian Flynn, but Gaby killed the frame with a 5-3 DP.

The second was quiet on both ends, as was the third. Jordany Valdespin drew a one out walk in the fourth. A grounder moved him up a station, but Garrett Jones went down looking at a curve. GI must have been looking fastball, because Eddie hung a fat one to freeze him.

Jordy got a 3-2 fastball down the middle and banged it past third for a leadoff double. A wild pitch moved him up 90', and Russ singled (at least that's what the scorer ruled) into the SS hole to plate him. After an out, Starling Marte got a heater down Broadway and banged a ground rule double to left center. Jayson Nix walked on four pitches in what looked much like the classic intentional unintentional walk. El Coffee sliced a 2-2 heater into left to chase home a pair of Buccos in a nice at-bat against a lefty. Clutch, too, as Michael Martinez and Eddie both whiffed.

In the fifth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked with an out; a couple of the pitches he took looked pretty good, but he got the call. Donovan Solano got the first Fish knock, a grounder through the left side, but no sweat. Adieny Hechavrria flew out foul along the right field railing; Salty challenged Gregory Polanco's arm, tagging for third, and lost.

Josh opened the Buc half with a single and stole second. It came in handy as he came around on Jordy's knock up the middle. Russ drew a nine pitch walk, and Flynn got the hot water as Sam Dyson took the hill. Gaby missed a pair of bunt tries and then ripped a liner to center. The good news is that Jordy scored; the bad was that Russ was caught trying to go to third, at least getting into a rundown so Gaby could reach second. Starling gave a fastball a ride, but the park held it as Marcell Ozuna cradled it at the center field wall. Nix's grounder ended it with the Bucs up 5-0.

Eddie whiffed two of three Fish in the sixth; he would have had all three except that ump Chad Fairchild missed a two strike call. Two grounders and an Eddie whiff did in the Bucs against Dyson. Volquez shut down the middle of the Fish order in the seventh, though at 106 pitches his night is done. The fans knew it too, giving him a standing ovation as he strolled off the mound after the third out.

Dan Jennings grabbed the ball for Miami. He got an out, then, but then took a Jordy liner off his temple that popped all the way to short, and he was taken off in a cart. Jennings sat up and gave a thumbs up to the crowd which gave him an ovation as he left the field after several moments of absolute silence after the play. . AJ Ramos came in to get the last out.

Justin Wilson toed the rubber in the eighth, threw strikes and had a clean frame after a very sloppy Tuesday outing. Steve Cishek got the call for the Fish. With an out, Starling spanked a slider toward the bullpen for a double and Nix singled him to third. Starling doubled them both home with a shot to right center to make it 7-0. Martinez whiffed and Travis Snider bounced out to end the inning. Hmmm... looked safe; the Bucs challenged, though at this point of the game we're not sure why, and he did indeedy beat the throw. Guess the ump will have to wait a little longer for dinner. Chris Hatcher took the bump and got Josh to fly out.

Stolmy Pimentel got the ninth inning call. Yelich singled with an out, bouncing one back to the box and off Stolmy's glove. With two gone, a wild pitch got Yelich to second, and he trotted home after Giancarlo Stanton drilled 3-2 high cheese into the shrubbery. Jones flew out on the next pitch, so no drama as the Bucs took the series with a 7-2 win.

Eddie was tough tonight after a recent rough patch and El Coffee was money. Now to entertain San Diego and hope than Dan Jennings is OK.

Vince Worley takes on Ian Kennedy tomorrow night.
  • Josh has an 11 game hitting streak, a career high mark. He had three hits tonight and now has six games with three or more hits this season.
  • Gregory Polanco had two hits and four RBI, Starling Marte had a pair of doubles and Russ Martin added two knocks.
  • Tonight's attendance was 29,035. Over 80,000 showed up for a three game, mid-week set against the Marlins and some no-name pitchers, which is pretty good support, we think.
  • The Bucs were down a pair again - Cutch for sure, and Clint said pre-game that he would like to avoid using The Kid. 

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