Saturday, April 16, 2011

Recap: A Complete Game of Electric Stuff. BUCS WIN.

team-spacer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 inning-spacer R H E LOB
Pirates 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 score-spacer 6 14 1 12
Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 score-spacer 1 5 1 6

Charlie Morton is a completely different pitcher now than he was at the beginning of last season. He looks confident, he is able to eat innings like a sumo wrestler at an AYCE buffet, and his ERA is now tied for 9th in the NL, just behind Aaron Harang of San Diego. And hey, he's 2-0. Not bad for a guy who was able to win only 2 games all last season. His one glaring weakness, walking batters, didn't show up in this game much as he only allowed 2 BBs in his 9 innings. It seems like finally the key piece of the Nate McClouth deal is starting to pay some dividends.

On the other side of the inning, the Bucco bats were hitting lights out. Jose Tabata led the way going 4 for 5 with a double, Chris Snyder went 3 for 5 with a double, Garrett Jones went 2 for 3 with 2 walks and a homer, Lyle Overbay went 2 for 4 with a walk, Neil Walker had a 2-run homer, and Ronny Cedeno is still on the interstate but had a double. On the negative side, the Bucs continue to strike out way too much as they had 9 Ks. Andrew McCutchen got the golden sombrero, going 0 for 5 and striking out 4 times, although he did reach on an error.

Need more games like this. Everything came together and the Bucs looked great, even if almost no one in Pittsburgh could see it. The Bucs won't really have improved unless they have at least a 4-game winning streak, which they were only able to do once late last year. As Rum Bunter pointed out earlier, this game was basically a giant middle finger aimed at the Reds' play-by-play announcer, Marty Brennaman. Earlier in the year, he had stated that there was "no light at the end of the tunnel" for the Pirates. Eat a dick, Marty. Let's Go Bucs.

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