Final: Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1
WP: Brandon Morrow (4-4)
LP: Paul Maholm (4-9)
SV: Frank Francisco (9)
As has been the case all year, Paul Maholm pitched well, but the offense did not reward him for it. Maholm gave up just 2 runs over 7 innings of work to lower his season ERA to 3.17, however he was tagged with his 9th loss of the year.
Brandon Morrow was even better than Maholm, though, as he racked up 10 strikeouts over 7 innings. The Pirates’ lone run was scored when Ronny Cedeno singled in Lyle Overbay in the 5th inning. Cedeno, in fact had half the teams’ hits today with 2.
It simply wasn’t a very pretty game as the Pirates ran into 2 outs on the basepaths. One of which, in the 5th inning proved to be pretty costly and helped aid Morrow avoid a big inning.
The Bucs will look to forget about this one and can still take the series tomorrow as Jeff Karstens takes the hill against Brett Cecil.
Things have been a little quiet on the draft front recently, but Pirates Prospects is reporting the Pirates have singed their 15th player from the 2011 Draft in 27th round pick Ryan Hornback.
Hornback is a catcher from San Jacinto Junior College in Texas who was commited to Ole Miss. He was ranked as the #65 prospect in Texas heading into the draft by Baseball America.
Due to the Pirates’ catching depth in the low levels, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start off in the Gulf Coast League.
The Pirates made it official today and sent OF Jose Tabata to the disabled list with a quad strain. There were some reports from the past couple of days that Tabata may actually avoid a DL stint, but the Bucs felt otherwise.
Josh Harrison, who was just optioned before the Boston series will rejoin the club. MLB rules state that the Pirates would have had to wait 10 days before calling Harrison back up, but since Tabata was injured, it is allowed.
The Pirates will miss Tabata and hopefully he can make it back off the disabled list at the end of his 15 days. Alex Presley will now get the majority of playing time in LF, instead of RF, as was planned.
Final: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 6
WP: Kevin Correia (10-6)
LP: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-7)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (23)
Alex Presley sure knows how to get on Pirates’ fans good side. He opened up the scoring in the 3rd inning with a 2-run homer to give the Bucs a 2-0 lead. They would stay ahead the remainder of the game.
Kevin Correia picked up his 10th win to move into a 3-way tie in that category in the National League. In 6 innings, Correia gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, 2 of which were homers.
The Pirates’ damage was mostly done in the 4th inning after Toronto moved it to a 2-1 game. Matt Diaz would hit an RBI astroturf-aided triple. He would later score on an infield single by Garrett Jones. Jones would come around to score on an RBI single by Presley. And Cedeno would then score on an Neil Walker single to make it a 6-1 game.
Andrew McCutchen would add a 7th run in the 7th inning with a solo homer, his 11th of the year to give the Pirates some insurance with a 7-4 lead after the Jays would pick up 2 runs in the 5th and 1 in the 6th.
Tony Watson would start off the bottom of the 7th on the mound in relief of Correia and would give up back-to-back homers to Corey Patterson and Edwin Encarnacion (his 2nd of the game). Resop would then walk a batter and give up a double and the Pirates lead looked to be lost with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Resop would get a big strikeout of Eric Thames and would intentionally walk Jose Bautista. Jose Veras came in to work his magic and boy did he do it. Aaron Lind would hit a laser to the right side. Fortunately it was right at Lyle Overbay, who stepped on first for an easy double play. Crisis averted.
Veras would then pitch a 1-2-3 8th inning and Joel Hanrahan would do his thing in the 9th. Ball game.
It was an excellent win by the Bucs as it is always nice to see the offense breakout like they did. Even Matt Diaz had 3 hits.