Friday, July 30, 2010

Meatloaf. Bucs LOSE

3 6 1 4
9 15 0 8

Had a pretty good idea that the Pirates weren't going to win this game long before it started.  Ubaldo Jiminez isn't the NL's best pitcher for no reason, after all. This probably wasn't him at his best, but even average he is more than a match for the Pirates, especially with Andrew McCutchen out of the lineup.

Paul Maholm was pretty bad. It's pretty much impossible to tell which Paul you are going to get on a given day. In his last 7 starts, he has given up run totals of 7, 1, 8, 2, 0, 4, and 8, with 1.0, 8.0, 3.0, 7.0, 9.0, 6.0, and 5.1 innings pitched respectively.  In this game he gave up 11 H, 8 R/ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, and 3 K.  He did get a hit himself though, one of just 6 for the Buccos.

The Bucs' offense suffered without McCutchen, who had been hitting fairly well recently. Jose Tabata, playing center for Cutch, had the only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4.  Garrett Jones had the only double.  The best offensive player for the Pirates was definitely Neil Walker, who hit a 2-run homer in the 8th (his 5th of the season and second of this series), scoring Tabata.  It just wasn't nearly enough to overcome the 9 run deficit that Paul Maholm and Steven Jackson put us in.

So the Bucs drop the 3rd game of the series.  But 2 out of 3 ain't bad, especially on the road.  On to Poo Holes and St. Louis.

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