By Chad Carlson
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Last night, the Pirates and Blue Jays played a very entertaining game that featured high-powered offense, lots of homeruns, and some dramatics that came down to the very last pitch. Tonight was a different story, as the two teams combined for just three runs and thirteen hits, and the result was a 2-1
victory at the Rogers Centre. Toronto
Pirates’ starter Paul Maholm was a victim of lack of run support once again tonight. Paul gave up just two runs through his seven innings of work, but that was one-run too many on a night where the bats were non-existent for
. His record now sits at 4-9, while his ERA continues to lower, now at 3.17. Tim Wood relieved Maholm in the eighth, throwing an inning of shutout baseball in a losing effort. Pittsburgh
The Buccos took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on Ronny Cedeno’s RBI single to center field, scoring
. Cedeno had two of the team’s four hits on the night. Lyle Overbay
Frank Francisco picked his ninth save for
tonight. Andrew McCutchen hammered a pitch to the warning track for the first out. Neil Walker was the second out, and after Overbay drew a walk, Matt Diaz grounded out to shortstop to end the game. Toronto
Tonight’s game was a perfect example of the inconsistency of the Pirates. Last night, the offense erupted for seven runs, and the bullpen let us down. This was the complete opposite situation tonight, as once again, Maholm pitched well enough to take home the victory, and unfortunately, the offense couldn’t muster more than one run through nine innings of baseball.
Garrett Jones, Walker, and McCutchen combined to go 0-9 on the night, with
’s average dipping below .250. Cedeno has been hitting the ball well lately, and that continued tonight. With two more hits this evening, Ronny’s average now sits at .251. Walker
The Buccos will now face off against the Blue Jays in the rubber match of the three-game series tomorrow evening at Rogers Centre. Jeff Karstens will take the hill for the Pirates, who are looking to clinch a winning record in Interleague Play this year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07.
Record Vs. Blue Jays: 1-1
Record Vs. A.L. East: 5-3
Interleague Play Record: 7-7
Record On The Road: 21-19
Overall Record: 40-39
Let’s Go Bucs!