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4/17/2010

THIS IS GETTING RIDICULOUS


Earlier this week, I compared the 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates' results to that of the 1960 Pirates-Yankees World Series. Much like in that series, the '10 Pirates wins were all close, while their opponents' wins were all blowouts. 

Since I penned that article, the Pirates have played three games: the first was a 6-0 loss to San Francisco, the second was a 4-3 walkoff win against the Cincinnati Reds, and the latest was Saturday's 5-4 walk-off win against the Reds. If you're scoring at home, the Pirates have now won six games, with three of them on the game's final hit and four of them in the ninth inning or later. In their five losses, they've been outscored 49-12. It's been the most fascinating 6-5 start to a baseball season I've ever seen.

In their latest dramatic finish, Garrett Jones singled off the wall in right-center with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Ronny Cedeno and earning pitcher Jack Taschner his first win as a Pirate. Cedeno hit his first Pirate home run earlier in the game, and Lastings Milledge continued a solid weekend with two RBI a night after he beat the Reds with a walk-off single on Friday night.

The Pirates go for a sweep against the 5-7 Reds on Sunday, with Paul Maholm (0-1) battling former Bucco Bronson Arroyo (0-1) at PNC Park. I'm going with either a 10-0 Reds win or a 6-5 Pirate win on an Andy LaRoche walk-off grand slam. 

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14 comments:

SantoGold said...

The blowout/close game dynamic is pretty odd. Kind of fun so far too. Entertaining baseball for a change...it's a start.

Bar Keep said...

Hell, this is a whole lot better than what I've experienced the last 17 seasons or so, from what I can remember.

I was there this evening for the game, wearing one of my Roethlisberger jerseys. I'll say that I would have been safer down there wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

The Taxidermist said...
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The Taxidermist said...

I went to the game tonight. It was a pretty exciting game. Thought I'd post this. Saw this on the highlights. Check out the total fail in this gif. http://www.gifninja.com/Workspace/1b856557-9f88-424b-a744-1c939677b25f/output.gif

Dominic Errico said...

I'll take wins from the Pirates any way I can get 'em.

This team just seems to be a lot of fun to watch unlike year's past. maybe because we finally have a lot of talent with upside instead of cheap talent filling roster spots.

The Taxidermist said...

Hey Bar Keep, was that you in the left field bleachers? If so I jokingly said to a friend next to me "That guys wearin a Ben jersey, GET HIM!"

Scott said...
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Scott said...

Tax,

That makes sense, because left field is milledgeville

Chip said...

If the Pirates were smart, they'd declare left field "Milledgeville" and give free admission to anybody wearing a #7 jersey.

That would probably win them more fans than all the bobblehead and Beanie Baby promotions combined.

Koz said...

@Chip


Fantastic. I was thinking of some kind of "Milledgeville" angle. Your idea is perfect.

The Mad Bubbler said...

Wow, over 25,000 morons were at the game last night. Keep it up Pirate fans, things will never change.

Bar Keep said...

@ The Taxidermist

Yea, I was out there at the top of the left field bleachers, but only for three or four innings before I went upstairs.

I was one of maybe three guys out there wearing Ben jerseys from what I could see. Just to clarify, I was the one with the Pirates tossle cap.

Fightingscot82 said...

@ The Mad Babbler:

What good will boycotting Pirates games do but provide even less revenue to the team? If you don't want to go - fine. Don't try to say you don't care about it then bitch and moan on here.

BURGH08 said...

Have a "DTF NIGHT" and hand out name tags.......