by Zane Heiple
|Photo by AP
Most of this was because of stellar starting pitching as Paul Maholm went seven innings allowing one run on nine hits with eight K’s and 0 walks . His counterpart Jair Jurrjens was just as impressive giving up one run on six hits, while striking out four and walking three in seven innings of work.
Garrett Jones gave the Pirates their only run off of Jurrjens with a solo home run in the sixth inning. The Braves wasted little time tying the game in the bottom part of the inning as David Ross would single home Martin Prado.
After both bullpens were taxed in the 19 inning debacle on Tuesday night, it would be up to them to bridge their team’s way to victory after the starters left the game. The Atlanta bullpen of Eric O’ Flaherty, Craig Kimbrel, and Scott Linebrink did their part pitching three innings of one hit baseball. The Pirates bullpen started out well as Tony Watson and Jose Veras shut the door on any Braves threats in two innings of work. However Chris Leroux, who was called up today to give the bullpen relief with Chase d’Arnaud heading to the DL, would load the bases and give up the game winning RBI single to Ross, to give the Braves a 2-1 victory.
I truly do hope I am wrong, and these Pirates will have the chance to prove it tomorrow night when these two teams wrap up this four game series at 7:10. Kevin Correia will pitch for the Buccos as they look to earn a split before heading north.
Record vs. N.L. East: 11-16
Record on the Road: 27-24
Overall Record: 53-49
Let’s Go Bucs!!!