Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rocco game. Bucs WIN


It's funny how this game went from "man, I can't believe the Pirates only have 1 hit" to "wow, I can't believe they've only allowed 3 hits this late."  But that's pretty much how the season has gone, compressed into one game.  As Pirates radio man Rocco DeMaro said (paraphrasing), "You can pretty much count on it that the Pirates will get 2 runs.  The question is whether or not they can hold the opponent to 1."  That's exactly what happened in this game.  Ross Ohlendorf had his first truly great game, going 7 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 ER, 2 walks and striking out 6.  Evan Meek and Octavio Dotel combined for 1 hit and 3 Ks in the final 2 innings.  Meek got the W as the score was tied when Ross was relieved, but the fake W definitely goes to Ohlie.  Garrett Jones broke his long streak of games with no homers with a solo shot in the 6th (his 32nd RBI), and Bobby Crosby added a pinch-hit RBI to take the lead in the 8th.  Jones and Walker both went 2 for 4, and Neil's average is now .321 with 28 at bats, the best average on the team currently.  His OPS is .809, third behind Cutch and Doumit.  The Bucs snap a 5-game losing streak which is good, but they still have a lot of ground to make up as they're still in double digits in games under .500.  With the win today, the Bucs move into first place on the all-time Memorial Day wins list (they were tied with the Cubs previously).

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