The Colorado Rockies ruined the 10th Anniversary of PNC Park. And of course the master of ceremonies was Ty Wiggington who delivered the big blow. It was a three-run knock that was destroyed down the left field line off Pirates reliever Jose Veras. Wigginton was robbed early Saturday morning on a similar shot down the line by Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez in the Bucs extra inning victory. (Both of the Rox losses this season are in extra frames.)
But on this Birthday night for PNC, Wigginton was the one blowing out the candles on the Bucs. He broke the hearts of th fireworks loving Pittsburgh faithful with a double past Pedro that gave the Rockies all they needed for their fifth win of the season.
Ruining good things for Pirates fans is something Wigginton is familar with doing to Pirates fans.
Charlie Morton has gone 6+ innings in six of nine games. What I was most impressed with was how calm and relaxed he seemed after the game. It has seemed like he has been holding his breath in interviews since his callup late last season. For the first time last night in the post game, he smiled.
And it looked legit.
An effective Charlie Morton in 2011? What pitcher on this team could mean more to the Bucs chances this season?
Doumit had a homer and a double after setting up the Rockies first run with a throwing error into centerfield. Dexter Fowler reached with a leadoff walk in the first inning, he stole second when Doumits throw tailed into the outfield grass and ended up on third.
Doumit now has 60 homers in his career. That is good for fourth on the Pirates all-time list for catchers.
We mentioned this offseason it was a great idea to hang on to Doumit. He has hit very well in his career early in the season. He finally looks healthy, passionate, and like he is having a good time on the field again. It would be such a shame to move him when their just isn’t a better option ready to play regularly.
Show me Slump Dog Millionare Chris Snyder staying healthy for 50 games and then we will believe it. It’s ten million bucks anyway you slice it, we say keep Doumit until his value can bounce back. (Doumit haters can now say we better move him today then)
Morton threw seven innings gave up five hits, two earned runs, struckout one and issued five walks.
Kevin Correia threw the ninth inning. He was to throw a side session today and actually threw less pitches in the game than he would have doing his side work. It was a creative move by the Pirates staff.
The Bucs had two runners on in the ninth, but Steve Pearce hit into a double play to end the game.
Veras. I wasnt going to get pulled with the bases loaded. He is our guy late.
Correia pitched cuz it was his day to throw on the side. [Correia later said in a ROOTS Sports interview: "It wasn't a very taxing inning."]
Work in progress…Charlie pitches seven innings three runs. the Charlie youve seen the first two times I believe is a vast improvement than what you saw last year. Sometimes the ball starts running arm side.
[Of Wigginton's heart breaker:] This one I think was hit harder, and the only way he (Pedro) makes this play is if he’s straddling the bag along the third base line. You pitch in traffic two straight nights, usually it doesn’t end up well — and we’ve done a lot of that the last two nights.
Veras was overthrowing. He missed his locations.
[On Doumit's hot night] Even the out to left field was hit hard. He hit three balls well today.
[The sucky offense] We just have a couple bats that are close to opening up. It sure would help our offense if we get a couple more guys in play.
I feel like a make a good pitch we are gonna get outs. Obviously, I walked five guys again. I have to work on that. More frustrated not being able to get the ball over the plate. (92 pitches, 48 strikes)
If the plate was moved over a foot I would have been in better shape.
I don’t feel like I was spraying pitches. It was very consistent.
Dewey will tell me what he sees. in hindsight, it’s a real easy adjustment. The ball is moving, I haven’t find the consistent release. The cutter to Smith didn’t cut and he hit a home run.
I fell behind a lot. And I gave up that homerun.
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Ross Ohlendorf was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Daniel McCutchen was recalled and pitched last night. He had some dirty offspeed too which surprised us a little bit. Ohlendorf said he felt some pain in the same area of his shoulder as last season which isn’t a good sign. Ohlie acted hard in the locker room, but we say let the big fella rest up before rolling him back out.