Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lloyd Braun gets greedy. Bucs WIN


This one was neck and neck until the 7th.  That's when the Bucs took the lead for good.  Legend, Doumit, and Steve Pearce hit 3 straight RBIs, scoring Milledge, Cutch, and GFJ.  Twice in this game the Beers had the bases loaded, but it was all for naught.  The bullpen was great again, even if D.J. Carrasco had a bit of trouble in the 7th, allowing 1 run to score.  After that it was 4 straight Ks, 2 each by Javier Lopez and Joel Hanrahan.

In the 9th, Lloyd Braun bunts a quick ball, realizing that LaRoche was playing deep.  He steals second as Prince Fatass strikes out for the 3rd time, but then he gets greedy.  Not realizing that Andy LaRoche, who had been playing the shift to right for Fatass, was still holding the ball that was thrown to him by Doumit, he tries to steal third.  Andy quickly turns around and makes the tag.  2 quick outs in a weird little double play.
McGehee flies out after that and Dotel earns his 9th save.


Miscellaneous shit

Steve Pearce went 3 for 4, raising his average from .167 to .273 in the process.  Hope this is the start of a return to the way he was hitting in AAA, because it was really starting to look like he was going back to the way he hit at the end of last year.

Garrett Jones went 2 for 4 and Andy LaRoche went 2 for 3 with a walk.  That's good news for Andy, who was in a bit of a slump after being red hot earlier in the year.

The bullpen combined for 6 Ks in just 3 innings of work.  Brian Burres added another 3 as the starter.  He also had an RBI, a pretty rare thing for a pitcher.

Bucs look for the 2-game sweep tonight.

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