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.Email your feedback, questions, and tips Mondesishouse@gmail.com