Nate McLouth said the eye exam was easy. Yep. You are correct Nate.
Pirate pitchers fell apart today issuing ten walks. Charlie Morton contributed three, Brian Burress four, Vinnie Chulk two and Anthony Claggett issued one. On a positive note, Brad Lincoln and Jeff Karstens each pitched a scoreless inning. Lincoln did so despite giving up two hits and he did strike out one batter. Karstens’ clean inning came in the seventh.
The Bucs infield helped the Pirates staff keep it close turning three double plays at key times during the game. DY started one and turned the others.
Two of those double plays came off the bat of Chipper Jones.
Once again the Pirates offense was as cold as the Florida weather. The Bucs are ripping it at a .117 clip as a team. The Bucs did earn five walks of their own off the Braves pitching staff.
The Pirates scored in the third after a single by Delwyn Young and a walk to Andrew McCutchen set the stage for new Bucco Bobby Crosby. Crosby followed with a single which scored Young. The inning would produce half of the Bucs hits on the afternoon.
An Andy LaRoche homer off Juan Abreu in the seventh inning set the final.
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