A single and error put the leadoff runner at second in the second; a fly and grounder brought him home while a two out walk was left aboard. Starling made up for his throwing error in the top half by lining the folk in the second row of the LF seats a souvenir, and JHK followed with another bomb; same spot, but with a second balcony landing, a 436' shot. S-Rod added a single and steal, but was stranded. If your child aspires to pitch, turn off the TV now before your lil' darling is scarred for life.
|Frankie was rocked tonight (photo Associated Press)|
After an out in the third, a Halo single and double (on an 0-2 pitch) made it 5-2. Another double, another run. The Bucs challenged the call at second, and won (don't run on Marte), stopping the carnage temporarily at 6-2. El Coffee walked with two down, but was caught stealing after an Angel challenge of the original safe call. With an out in the fourth, Kole Calhoun went deep, followed by back-to-back singles. That ended Frankie's night (wonder how long until he ends up on the DL with some discomforted body part?) and brought in Rob Scahill, who shut it down. Jung Ho doubled with an out and was stranded at third.
LA got a two out walk/stolen base combo in the fifth off Scahill, but that was it. The Bucs went down 1-2-3. Rob surrendered another two out walk in the sixth, followed by a bloop to right.That brought Wilfredo Boscan to the hill for the last out; it was a good outing for Rob, who hadn't worked longer than an inning during the campaign before tonight. Cutch and Marte singled, but an at 'em ball by JHK and a K by Josh ended the fun.
The Halos got back-to-back walks in the seventh (one was on blue for missing a third strike, the other on Wilfredo for missing the dish) and they were bunted up. A single brought them both home; score one for small ball. A wild pitch and two walks put Boscan in hot water, but he coaxed a DP ball out of Sir Albert to calm the turbulent waters. Cam Bedrosian took the ball and tucked the Bucs away.
|JHK banged his seventh HR (photo Dan Kubis/Pirates)|
Wil stranded a one out double, and Greg Mahle gave up a two out single to Gregory and a double to Starling, but JHK went down looking at a change up. The Angels picked up a couple more singles in the ninth but left them aboard while the Bucs went quietly in their last at bats.
Frankie has tossed five strong games for the Pirates, and four were at home. Even PNC didn't help tonight, and there's no answer other than being able to locate his fastball; his slider plays off it like love and marriage. And the Bucco bats are still too quiet; Weaver left a number of pitches hanging over the plate and largely got away with it. Tonight was Pittsburgh's sixth loss in seven games and fourth in a row; it's time to batten the hatches and right the ship.
- Starling had three hits (homer, double, single) and JHK a pair (homer, double) ; the rest of the team had three singles.
- This was the third time this year that the Bucs have gone long back-to-back.
- The Pirates walked 10 batters tonight - Frankie (4), Scahill (2), and Wilfredo (4). They also gave up 15 hits (10 off Frankie) and the Halos stranded 13 runners.
- Tonight drew 27,643 fans to the ballyard.
- Ya think your work sked is screwy? The Pirates didn't land until after 3AM from Miami, and Clint didn't even have a lineup until after 6PM.
- Ugh. John Dreker of Pirates Prospects reported that "Arquimedes Caminero made his rehab debut w/ Indy and gave up three walks before allowing a game-tying grand slam with two outs in the 9th."