Thursday, July 29, 2010


6 11 1 6
2 10 0 9

Back to back road wins? Hasn't happened since May 14th and 15th.  The Buccos are now 6-6 after the All-Star break, which isn't too shabby.  This game was a doozy.

It started off in the bottom of the 1st when Ross Ohlendorf took a line drive right at the side of his head.  He got up on his own power though, and was able to walk off the field.  He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but the CT scan came back negative. With some luck he won't even miss a start.

Later in the game, Andrew McCutchen nearly re-injured his right shoulder crashing into the thin padding of the Coors Field center field wall to make a catch.  He would stay in the game, but exactly how much damage the catch caused has yet to be seen.  It amazing to watch how much ground he can cover out there in center field, robbing batters of what would be hits for lesser outfielders.  Pedro also had a nice defensive gem, making a shoe-string catch for an out, but throwing to first just in case.

Meanwhile, Sean Gallagher comes in for 3 innings of long relief, giving up no hits, 3 BB and 4 Ks, picking up the win.  Newly called up reliever Wil Ledezma made his major league debut, going 1.1 IP with no hits and a K.  Javier Lopez came in and had a rough outting, giving up 3 hits, one of which was a huge solo home run that bounced off the third tier of the right field seats.  That was it for the Rockies' scoring, though, as Joel Hanrahan and Octavio Dotel came in to slam the door.

It was a non-save situation for Dotel, because while the Pirates' hurlers were pitching masterfully, they were getting help from the bats. A big third inning was all the Pirates needed to put this game away.  Sean Gallagher walked, Andrew McCutchen singled, and Tabata hit a weird high-bouncing infield single to load the bases.  Then Neil Walker hit a single right up the middle to score Gallagher and Cutch. Then Garrett Jones hits a single to score Tabata as Neil moves to third. Finally, Pedro singles to right to score Walker, and that was it for Aaron Cook, who lasted just 2.1 innings.

Garrett Jones hit two home runs in this game, the second coming when he was a triple short of the cycle. He went 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs and scored 2 runs.  Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 4 with a walk and a run scored. Neil Walker also had 2 RBIs and Pedro had one too. Doubles were hit by Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen, and Jones also had two homers.

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