The offense is anemic when you are debating whether or not to recap situations in which the Pirates were threatening to score.
Scoring Alert (Level Orange) in the 1st…..Walker Singles and Cutch Walks with 2 outs.
Pedro to the plate…..K-dro…..looking.
Nothing is more irritating than watching this blank stare as Pedro heads back to the dugout….happens at least twice a game.
Of course in the 1st inning of the first game after “The Phantom Run” there would be a close play at third….right in front of Jerry Meals.
Martin Prado ripped one down the left field line off Maholm past Pedro. The ball didn’t carom well for Xavier Paul in the outfield corner and Prado was looking for 3 bases…..not on XP’s watch.
Nailed him…..hell of a throw by Paul.
Could have used that call last night Jerry….I am not bitter or anything.
All quiet until the 4th….
Scoring Alert (Level Red) – Pedro walked (yes you read that right he walked and didn’t strikeout), Steve Pearce (the offensive savior according to so many on Twitter) singles advancing El Toro to third.
First and 3rd with 1 down and B. Wood at the dish. Fly ball to left field, might be deep enough…….
…No it’s not, Pedro nailed at home…..Plays at the plate in Atlanta don’t end well for the Pirates.
Not just a scoring alert in the 6th, but actual scoring.
Garrett Jones leads off with a solo shot to right field, touch em all…..1-0 Buccos.
The Braves would grab it right back in the bottom half of the 6th. Prado singled to lead off the inning. Freddie Freeman struck out. Uggla singled advancing Prado to 2nd. David Ross then singled to XP in left…..XP boots it and Prado scores easily…..tie ballgame 1-1.
That would be the only run Maholm would allow. Paul went a solid 7 IP throwing 109 pitches. The taxed bullpen needed a deep start from Maholm and they got just that; he deserved more than a no-decision.
His final line – 7.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 Ks
After the 6th there weren’t even any more scoring threats for the Buccos.
Tony Watson and Jose Veras locked down the 8th and 9th from the bullpen.
Buccos go down quietly in the 10th…..Overbay lined into a DP after an Eric Fryer single.
Enter Chris Leroux….3 singles and an IBB later it’s walkoff city for the Braves.
Ballgame. 2-1 Atlanta.
Glad Hanrahan was a spectator the last two nights.
…..for Andrew McCutchen…the offense is stagnant and Cutch is hit less in the series…coincidence, I think not.
Tough losses back to back.
Gotta get out of Atlanta with the series split. Kevin Correia (11-8, 4.38), who has been rocked in his last couple starts, takes the hill vs. Derek Lowe (6-8, 4.49) at 7:10. K-Core needs to reach back to his early season heroics and get the Pirates back on the winning track going into Philadelphia.