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Pirates Take Series With Late Comeback

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, August 27, 2009 10:35 PM | Comments: 63
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have nothing to play for.  Being in last place (19 games under .500, 19 games back), the Pirates can only play spoiler.  The Phillies swept the Pirates in July, but the Pirates wanted redemption.  They welcomed in the reigning World Champs, and embarrassed them. 

The Phillies had an excellent opportunity to knock around Charlie Morton right from the chute. The Phillies only had one run to show in a bases loaded, nobody out situation.  Ryan Howard’s RBI ground out put the Phillies on the board, but Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez each popped out to end the threat.  The Phillies added another run in the second inning on Paul Bako’s (2-2, 2 BB) homer.

Andrew McCutchen greeted J.A Happ with a lead-off home run.  After that, Happ didn’t allow anything– until the eighth inning.

The Phillies learned about Garrett Jones at Citizens Bank Park, when he homered in each game of a three game series.  With two outs in the eighth, he struck again.  His two-run homer to center field gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Other than the two homers, Happ pitched well.  He pitched eight innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  He walked two and struck out four.

With a struggling closer in Matt Capps, the Phillies had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the ninth.  Matt Stairs represented the go-ahead run, but he’d have to snap an 0-for-24 streak .  The last time he had gotten a hit was on July 11, when he homered against Capps.  It wasn’t meant to be, because although he swung for the fences, he struck out.

Jimmy Rollins grounded out to end the game.  The offense struggled all series long.  When the Phillies bats are hot, they’re on fire.  When they’re cold, they’re frozen.  The offense has been very streaky and they’ve become too reliant on the home run.  

Expecting to sweep, the Phillies learned they can not take the Pirates lightly. With the 3-2 loss, the Phillies now have a record of 9-13 at PNC Park since 2002.  The Phillies have a history of falling to bad teams, but they still have a comfortable lead in the division.

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  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    As an aside, It does appear that Hoffman made it past the Braves and Marlins to get to the Giants.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I’ve said often that it would be nice to upgrade from Bruntlett.. but that its a waste of time to complain about the 25th man on the roster

    Bruntlett (or whoever the 25th man is) never plays.. and is there JUST IN CASE something happens to a starter

    I’m not happy with Lidge at all .. but he is what you have.. you weren’t going to get Hoffman, because they don’t want to trade him (im not sure why teams put players on waivers that they aren’t going to trade anyway??)

    Myers might be our best hope for an upgrade at Closer


    Our bench bats aren’t stiffs… but our starters are so much better top-to-bottom throughout the lineup, that Charlie doesn’t want to sit them (which is a big reason that we’re 7 games up in the NL East this year.. instead of 1 or 2, or trailing like previous years!)

    Dobbs was so effective last year becaues he played on a regular basis, and was coming to the plate often enough to be comfortable. Bruntlett saw lots more action because Burrell sucked and had to be replaced in the field, or on the basepaths. Stairs is a question-mark right now.. but he at least is a threat to go deep, and will make the opponent burn a pitcher sometimes to get a Lefty-Lefty matchup .. Francisco has looked good.. and Bako is as good a defenseive 2nd catcher as you will find

    Overall I think our team is better than last year by a lot .. except Closer .. but Lidge can obviously get better.. or Myers can possibly step in

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    What’s going on with Harden? Someone said in an eariler post that the Rox don’t need pitching….if the news of Aaron Cook’s seaon ending injury is true, I’d say they need pitching. If jamie carroll’s available RAJ be a fool not to pick him up. I lived in Washington for a while and watched a lot of Nats baseball…carroll is like a swiss army knife as a fielder and as I recall pretty clutch at the plate. Frank Robinson often sung his praises and was so impressed with his knowledge of the game that he envisioned Carroll one day managing in the bigs. Anytime the camera panned to the dug out you’d see Robinson talking to Carroll. Robinson seemed to have taken Carroll under his wing and was pretty upset went he Carroll went to Colorado where he quickly became a fan favorite. He’s a no frills, all out player with brains who can small ball it. He plays a blue collar baseball that we’d love he in Philly and just what we need right now. Either we a] improve our RISP numbers or b] improve the bull pen. If neither happens we best hope the bats are hot. Last year, last night wouldn’t have happen. Time for the management to get off the fence….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    What’s going on with Harden? Someone said in an eariler post that the Rox don’t need pitching….if the news of Aaron Cook’s seaon ending injury is true, I’d say they need pitching. If jamie carroll’s available RAJ be a fool not to pick him up. I lived in Washington for a while and watched a lot of Nats baseball…carroll is like a swiss army knife as a fielder and as I recall pretty clutch at the plate. Frank Robinson often sung his praises and was so impressed with his knowledge of the game that he envisioned Carroll one day managing in the bigs. Anytime the camera panned to the dug out you’d see Robinson talking to Carroll. Robinson seemed to have taken Carroll under his wing and was pretty upset went Carroll went to Colorado where he quickly became a fan favorite. He’s a no frills, all out player with brains who can small ball it. He plays a blue collar baseball that we’d love he in Philly and just what we need right now. Either we a] improve our RISP numbers or b] improve the bull pen. If neither happens we best hope the bats are hot or the post season if we make it will be short lived. Last year, last night wouldn’t have happened. Time for the management to get off the fence….

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    whoops sorry about the double post

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Last night I had to endure this crap, my first time to PNC park and Pittsburgh…Great ball park, odd city architecturally speaking.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    before the injury Dobbs was pretty much on pace to have similar plate appearances to last year. He’s just not hitting as well as last year. I’m OK with Dobbs as our main lefty off the bench. Francisco as our main righty off the bench is fine. now, if you want a pure defender at catcher then Bako fits your criteria. We know Bako can’t hit so it becomes an issue in combination with Stairs and Bruntlett who aren’t hitting either. It’s not the end of the world, but I would’ve just liked to see the club pick up another piece.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    j reed, did Carroll go on waivers? I’d love him, but I don’t think he’ll get to us.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Ok, I looked it up. The rule about August 31, players must be on the 40 man roster in order to be eligible for the playoffs. But, the big however, and this is what confused me. If a player is injured and can not play in the playoffs, he can be replaced by any player who was in the team’s system on August 31. A pitcher must be replaced by a pitcher and a fielder must be replaced by a fielder. And I am pretty sure that by the end of September, pretty much any player on the field can be diagnosed with some injury of some sort.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/bbw/2006-10-04-cover-playoff-rosters_x.htm That article explained it pretty well.

    And yep, PNC park is amazing. It makes Pittsburgh look so nice. The seats in the 2nd level near 3rd base are some of the best seats you can get in any stadium. Just a beautiful stadium. Pittsburgh is a lot nicer city once you find out that the area called “Downtown” is horrible and nobody goes there. The nice bars and restaurants are on the complete other side of town.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    UNless someone gets hurt I believe this is the eligibility requierment:

    To be eligible for a team’s playoff roster a player must be on either a)the 25 man active roster, b)the disabled list, c)the bereavement list, d)the suspended list as of August 31st at midnight.

    http://www.detroittigersweblog.com/2009/08/playoff-roster-eligibility-rules/

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    psujoe – i don’t know about Carroll wavier status but hearing that Hoffman went to the Giants (not that I thought we had much of a chance) makes things that much more dire. Either we improve our RISP numbers, or improve the bullpen cause the chance of just repeating is hard enough but to do with hot bats all the way through…we’re talking “getting struck by lightning right after seeing your lottery ticket matches the Power Ball number” odds.

     
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Kudos to The Angels who picked up Kazmir off the waiver wire. An expensive chip, but chips are improtant for a championship run.

    The Indians would be crazy not to put Carroll on waivers. Maybe he was claimed and not enough offered to compensate for a draft pick?

     
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