by Zane Heiple
|Photo by AP|
The Florida Marlins once again dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight in a 3-0 victory. While a three run defeat does not sound bad, the fact that Anibal Sanchez threw a complete game one hitter against what should have been one of Pittsburgh’s better offensive lineups, has to make fans wonder of this team has truly turned the corner.
The story of the night was the Pittsburgh offense or lack thereof. The big names of Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, and Pedro Alvarez went a combined 1 for 9, with the only hit being a Walker double in the second inning. Trade deadline acquisitions Ryan Ludwick and Derrek Lee would go 0 for 6 and youngster’s Alex Presley, Chase d’Arnaud, and Michael McKenry combined for a 0 for 9 night.
Pregame Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muGEPR3Oa3U
Pittsburgh will have one more shot of figuring out these fish from Miami in 2011 tomorrow at 1:35pm. James McDonald will start for Pittsburgh, while Florida will counter with Javier Vazquez who comes in with a 9-11 record and a 4.29 ERA.
Record vs. N.L. East: 12-21
Record at PNC Park: 33-41
Overall Record: 66-79
Let’s Go Bucs!!!