Phillies Get The Best Of The Pirates Again

by Zane Heiple

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The Pittsburgh Pirates were back at it again against their cross state rivals the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.  The Phillies once again proved why they are one of the top teams in the league by using their loaded lineup and great pitching to top the Pirates 7-4.

James McDonald was roughed up by the Phils offense in five innings of work, giving up five runs on ten hits while striking out five and walking two batters.  His counterpart, Cliff Lee, was able to keep the Buccos offense in check allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out eleven and walking two in 7.2 innings of work.

The Philadelphia offense would score three runs in the first three innings before Pittsburgh was able to close the gap to one on a Pedro Alvarez home run to right centerfield that scored Brandon Wood.  The Phils regained those runs in the bottom part of the inning on RBI singles by Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  The Phillies added another run in the seventh.  The Pirates made one more attempt to tie the game in the top of the eighth.  Neil Walker would single home Pedro Ciriaco and Wood brought home Andrew McCutchen.  Unfortunately the rally ended when Alvarez struck out with runners on first and second.

As of right now with all the injuries, lack of experience, and under achieving on the offensive side of the ball it should not be that big of a surprise that the Pirates have hit a slide here over the past week.  Even though the trade deadline is approaching, one player is not going to make that much of a difference unless this team can get healthy quick enough to make some noise in the division.  That being said the Buccos will try to avoid a sweep in the finale of this series tomorrow.  Jeff Karstens will take on Vance Worley.

Record vs. Phillies:  2-3
Record vs. N.L. East:  12-18
Record on the Road:  28-26
Overall Record:  54-51


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!!!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.

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