Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another Doumit Dinger. Bucs WIN


Tight pitcher's duel in this game.  Leake was very good, Maholm was even better.  Through the 7th, Maholm had only thrown 89 pitches, 54 of which were strikes.  No more than two batters for either team got on base in any half inning this game.  Score was still tied at 0 in the 8th when Aki Iwamura got a triple because the Reds' outfielder lost the ball in the sky.  One play later Neil Walker, the International League doubles leader and freshly called up player from Indianapolis, hit his first Major League double of the season, scoring Iwamura.  He then got picked off at second, somewhat tarnishing his effort in the inning.  Still, the Pirates had the lead, and their excellent bullpen was coming in to pitch the final two innings.

But the lead would not last for very long.  In the bottom of the 8th, Joel Hanrahan, part of the Meek-Hanrahan-Dotel trio which has been so effective all year, allowed only his 3rd home run all year to Brandon Phillips.  He was able to escape the inning with the score tied, but the W was taken from Paul Maholm, who has been very good all year but somewhat unlucky with the bullpen.  Hanrahan gets a blown save, and would also get the W.

To the 9th, where Ryan Doumit smacks 2 out homer to deep right center, his 2nd game-winning home run in the last 3 games.

Octavio Dotel shuts the Reds down in the bottom, preserving the win and earning his 10th save of the year, good for 5th on the NL list.


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