Final: Pirates 9, Orioles 3
WP: Chris Resop (3-2)
LP: Jeremy Guthrie (2-9)
After seeing multiple games in a row where the Pirates’ offense looked totally inept, this game was nice to see.
The Bucs jumped ahead with a 3-run 1st inning that was highlighted with a 2-run double by birthday boy Garrett Jones. Neil Walker would score Jones with a sac fly.
The Bucs would then add on with an RBI double by Jose Tabata in the 2nd inning and a sac fly by Xavier Paul in the 3rd to plate Andrew McCutchen. 5-0 Pirates.
Then things began to get dicey. James McDonald somehow worked through 4 scoreless innings before giving up 2 home runs in the 5th inning. A solo homer and a 2-run shot. He would then allow two more runners to get on base before handing the ball over to Chris Resop who left the runners stranded.
The Pirates bullpen was spectacular tonight as they recorded 4 1/3 scoreless innings to bail McDonald out of another sub-par start.
The Bucs continued to add on to their lead throughout the night and the game was sealed in the 8th inning when Neil Walker hit a bases loaded, 2-run double in the 8th inning to give the Bucs a 6-run lead.
Jose Tabata, Josh Harrison, Neil Walker, Mike McKenry, and Ronny Cedeno all had 2 hits a piece. Andrew McCutchen went 1 for 1 with 3 walks and a sac fly. Even Matt Diaz and Brandon Wood got hits in this one. One of McKenry’s 2 hits was a double, which marked the 1st extra base hit by a Pirates’ catcher this month.
Win tomorrow and the Bucs are back to .500 and will win their 2nd interleague series of the season. Kevin Correia looks to get back on track as he faces 23-year old Zach Britton, who entered this season as the #23 prospect in all of baseball.
The Pirates announced today they have signed another player from the 2011 Draft. 33rd round pick Chris Lashmet becomes the 12th player the Pirates have signed from this draft.
The Pirates press release on the signing has this to say about Lashmet:
Chris Lashmet (33rd round – INF): Was a four-year starter at Northwestern…Ended his career ranked second in school history with 49 doubles, fourth with 238 hits, fifth in total bases (355) and 10th in home runs (20)…Led the Wildcats in 2011 with a .353 average, 16 doubles and 67 hits while being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection at third base…His .387 on-base percentage in conference play was the fourth-best mark in the league…Was a first-team All-Big Ten pick his junior year after hitting .327 with a team-best eight home runs and 43 RBI…Posted a .320 career average in 198 games (196 starts) in four-year career with Northwestern.
Lashmet will most likely report to State College.
The Pirates reacquired IF Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians today for cash considerations. Rodriguez started off the season on the Pirates’ 25-man roster after the team chose him 1st overall in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason. However, he was returned to the Indians after being designated for assignment when the team claimed Brandon Wood.
Rodriguez hit .083/.214/.083 in 14 plate appearances during his tenure in the Majors this season and hasn’t performed much better in AAA-Columbus. In 65 plate appearances since being sent back to the Cleveland organization he is hitting .193/.270/.316.
Rodriguez will be sent to AAA and will probably be used just about everywhere on the diamond down there as a utility player.