Saturday, April 19, 2008

Game 17: Pirates at Cubs

This road trip is not going so well. The Pirates need a win soon. Today at one it's Tom Gorzelanny and Jason Marquis.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Game 16: Pirates at Cubs

Ian Snell and Rich Hill for a 2:20pm scheduled start.

The weather forecast looks good enough for Iowa Pirate, who is making the trip to see this one.

One time I went to Wrigley for a 2pm game, and it rained, and there was a six-hour rain delay. That's a long time to eat hot dogs, drink beer, and explore the corners of the stadium with a roof. You can't leave the stadium and return on your torn ticket, so there were not many people left when they started the game around eight.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Game 14: Pirates at Dodgers

Matt Morris and Hong-Chih Kuo at ten o'clock.

Pirates have opened the season as a .500 team. They are 7-6, 3-3 at home, 4-3 on the road, and they've scored the same number (69) as they have allowed (69).

Sure, it's early. We all know that. But the April games count. All this is for real.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Game 13: Pirates at Dodgers

The Pirates are on the West Coast for a three-game series with the Dodgers. It's Zach Duke and Hiroki Kuroda tonight at 10.

After LA, they fly to Chicago to play the Cubs before coming home for an unusual three-team, seven-game homestand.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

All hail the sweep

The Pirates just swept the Reds to climb back to .500.

No snark intended here - this is a pretty good achievement for this team. Even that year they fought back to 30-30, they were ripped and blown out for most of early April.

So all hail that. Raise your Dogfish Head or whatever you drink for sports-related celebrations.

Jason Bay looked strong this series. Here's a photo for the drinking-room wall. The wind was blowing in something fierce when he knocked that out and scored the game's only run.

Jason Bay has played in 11 of the team's 12 games. He's 11-for-39 with a double, three home runs, and 11 walks.

.282 / .440 / .538 ... welcome back, Jason Bay

Game 12: Reds at Pirates

Good game last night. It makes a big difference when they win.

This afternoon, it's Johnny Cueto and Tom Gorzelanny. Cueto has been the phenom. Should be interesting. The game is scheduled to start at 1:30.