Big Lead Sports Bar

4/30/2008

BREAK UP THE PIRATES!

A trip to Shea Stadium resulted in an exhilarating 13-1 thrashing of Oliver Perez and the Fets (as in the circa-late 80's "Muck the Fets") on Wednesday for YOUR Pittsburgh Pirates.

Perez surrendered two hits, five walks, and seven runs over an inning and 2/3, conjuring up painful memories of his days as a Bucco. Nate McLouth and Xavier Nady led the charge at the plate with three hits each and a combined five runs and six RBI. The sub-Mendoza Line Adam LaRoche and Jose Bautista were a combined 1-for-8, with three strikeouts and eight runners left on...and the Pirates still blew them out.

The Pirates got two-hit ball from the law firm of Gorzelanny, Van Benschoten, and Meek, to go along with eight Ks (and nine walks, but who's counting?) For one afternoon, all wheels were turning.

Of course, there had to be a negative, and here it is: Gorzo left the game after five innings because of tightness in his back, but said he doesn't expect to miss his next start.

The Buccos close April at 11-16, "good" for last place in the NL Central and 2 games behind Texas for the worst record in the majors. Their team batting average is 25th, their ERA 29th (next to last), and their fielding is 30th (last). But other than that, everything's great.

The Pirates open May with a much-anticipated grudge matchup against the 11-17 Washington Nationals on Thursday night at 7:05. The pitching matchup features Zach Duke (0-2) against Odalis Perez (0-3). I'm sure most of you will completely ignore the Penguins' potential clinch game in order to catch this one.

1 comment:

P Niddy said...

i hope you continue to provide updates of their pursuit of the triple crown of crappiness

"Their team batting average is 25th, their ERA 29th (next to last), and their fielding is 30th (last)."