Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, battling a stomach flu, gave up four hits, struck out five and walked one in an easy 6-1 win over an impotent Pirates lineup this afternoon at PNC Park.
The game was played in front of an estimated 3,000 fans who turned out for the highly-anticipated debut of new Pirate pitcher Dana Eveland (above), whom general manager Neal Huntington called a "probable upgrade" to the Pirates' current starting rotation. So what's that mean, he's probably better than Charlie Morton? That should generate some excitement.
Eveland gave up six hits and three runs in his five innings of work, getting tagged with his first of many Pirate losses surely to come. But honestly, he had little to no chance to win with the lineup the Pirates threw out on Monday. Delwyn Young (.238) 3rd? Lastings Milledge (.246) 5th? We also got Bobby Crosby (.239) 6th, Jason Jaramillo (.195) 7th, and Ronny Cedeno (.240) 8th. I guess Jeff Clement was unavailable, because he would've been perfect in the clean-up spot. After seeing this motley crew of a batting order, no one should be surprised that the Pirates turned in six hits and one run on the afternoon.
Thankfully, it should be an exciting 24 hours (by Pirate standards), as the draft takes place at 7 Eastern tonight and Strasburg Mania hits tomorrow at 7:05, with Jeff Karstens taking the hill for the Bucs. It would've been nice to see Brad Lincoln in that spot, but the Pirates probably didn't want to give us too much excitement in one week.
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