Wednesday, July 21, 2010

El Toro! Bucs WIN

9 14 3 7
11 11 0 6

So after one day of anemic offense the Bucs go back to the second coming of the Lumber Company.  I'm cautiously optimistic that they can win or tie this series, but I know better than to get my hopes up too much with this team.  They're definitely making progress though, as they haven't scored 9+ runs in 3 out of 4 games since May 25-28, 2007, when they had scores of 10-4, 9-5, and 14-10 in Cincinnati. UPDATE: I was curious to see when the last time the Pirates had 9+ scored in 4 out of 5 games.  Turns out it was in June 25-28, 1971, with a double-header played on the 27th.  That team had scores of 14-4, 11-9, 10-9, and 11-5 over 4 games in Philadelphia and 1 in St. Louis.

Pedro and Walker were the big stories of this game.  Neil went 5 for 5 at the plate, and Pedro smacked his first Major League grand slam to give the Pirates a 4-0 lead.  But they weren't done there. 4 hits and 3 errors later, and the Pirates had a 9-0 lead after only one inning.  Pretty safe lead, right?  Well, the Brewers came back in a big way, scoring 3 in the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd.  In between those runs, Pedro smacked another homer, a solo shot, in the bottom of the 2nd, giving him 2 homers in 2 innings and 5 RBIs.  Brad Lincoln was pulled in the 3rd inning after giving up 7, so Carrasco came in for some long relief.

Things got more interesting (read: nerve-wracking) in the 6th, when Brendan Donnelly gave up a home run to Lloyd Braun which put the Brewers within 1 run of tying the game.  The rest of the bullpen which included Lopez and the Three Musketeers of Meek, Hanrahan and Dotel were able to limit the Beers to just 3 hits and struck out 6 of them.  Delwyn Young scored an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th off a Garret Jones sac, and the rest is history.

Walker, as mentioned previously, went 5 for 5, Pedro went 2 for 4, and Delwyn Young went 2 for 3 (he was taken out as part of a double switch in the 7th).  Doubles were hit by Tabata, Young, and Walker, and homers were hit by Pedro twice.

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