I'm bored, so let's chat about the game as it happens...
Atlanta called up Barbaro Canizares 1B to replace Greg Norton who went on the D.L.
Barbaro will wear #25. the first player to wear that number since Andruw left.
Apparently, Canizares is a monster hitter, but wouldn't know which end of the glove to hold if you drew him a map. He gets the start today at 1st base... sounds like fun.
Top of 1st
- Javier Vazquez comes out nasty, striking out the first three batters on 11 pitches.
Bottom of 1st
- Braves go quietly. Pirates pitcher Maholm gets a fly out and two ground outs.
Top of 2nd
- one of several "A. LaRoche"s in Pittsburgh's lineup grounds out to short.
- another "A. LaRoche" singles to right.
- Vazquez then strikes out Young and Diaz to end it.
- that's 5 strikeouts for Vazquez already
Bottom of 2nd
- Barbaro strikes out. Welcome to the Big Leagues kid...
- Matt Diaz strikes out. Looks like the pitchers are serious today....
- Francoeur with another infield single. We'll take what we can get at this point.
- with McCann getting the day off, backup David Ross strikes out in his first at bat.
Top of 3rd
- Jack Wilson strikes out
- Maholm grounds out to 1st base unassisted. Canizares figured it out all by himself. Way to go kid!
- McCutchen flies out to McLouth.
Bottom of 3rd
- Kelly Johnson strikes out
- Javy Vazquez strikes out.
- Nate McLouth walks, 1st walk of the game for either pitcher...
- Yunel Escobar strikes out.
Jesus. 12 K's through 3 innings? Great pitching or poor hitting?
Top o' 4
- Nyjer Morgan *surprise!* strikes out.
- Freddy Sanchez grounds out to short.
- Roach lines out to the pitcher.... only one K this half inning.
- Chipper pops out to LaRoche
- Canizares grounds out LaRoche to LaRoche (they're everywhere!!!!)
- Matt Diaz an infield single
- I don't know how it happened, but Matt Diaz STEALS SECOND BASE!
- Frenchy singles to right, Diaz SCORES! Braves up 1-0
- Francoeur STEALS SECOND BASE! It's an epidemic!
- David Ross walks on a full count
- Kelly Johnson grounds out to end the inning...
Top of the 5th
- LaRoche flies out to right
- Young HOMERS to right. BOOOOO!!!
- Diaz flies out to right
- Wilson strikes out.
Score tied 1-1
Bottom of the 5th
- Vazquez grounds out to his counterpart
- McLouth grounds out to 2nd
- Escobar strikes out
that's 15 K's through 5 if you're scoring at home. Maholm 7 Vazquez 8
- Maholm flies out to center
- McCutchen strikes out
- Morgan grounds out to Canizares. Alright! That's two in the same game! Gold Glove anyone?
- Chipper grounds out to short
- Barbaro Canizares singles to left... his FIRST BIG LEAGUE HIT!
- Diaz grounds out to first, Canizares to 2nd
- Francoeur walks
- Ross pops out to 2nd
Top of 7
- Sanchez safe at first on throwing error by SS Escobar. Either that or Canizares forgot to catch it. I'm not sure which...
- LaRoche the elder flies out to CF
- LaRoche the younger sacrifices, out at first, Sanchez to 2nd.
- Young strikes out.
That's 10 K's for Vazquez, 7 for Maholm
Bottom of 7
- Kelly Johnson doubles to center
- Javier Vazquez sacrifices, out at 1st, Johnson to 3rd
- McLouth strikes out
- Escobar flies out to center. CRAP!
- Diaz strikes out
- Wilson grounds out to short
- Brandon Moss pinch hitting for Paul Maholm
- Moss strikes out.
Final Line for Maholm - 7IP 4H 1R 3BB 8K no decision
- Steven Jackson in to pitch for the Pirates
- Chipper lines out to 2nd
- Barbaro strikes out
- Matt Diaz singles to left. Will he steal 2nd again?!?!?!
- YES!!!! Diaz steals 2nd again!
- Francoeur grounds out to short....
- Rafael Soriano pitching for the Braves
- McCutchen singles to left
- Morgan sacrifices, out at 1st, McCutchen advances to 2nd
- Sanchez grounds out, McCutchen to 3rd
- Senior LaRoche intentionally walked
- LaRoche Junior singles to center, McCutchen scores, LaRoche scores.
- Young singles to center, LaRoche to 3rd
- Diaz flies out to right
Score Pittsburgh 3 Atlanta 1
Final Line on Vazquez - 8IP 2H 1R 0BB 12K No decision....awesome.
Bottom of the 9th
- Matt Capps pitching for the Pirates
- Gregor Blanco pinch hitting for David Ross
- Blanco grounds out to LaRoche
- Kelly Johnson grounds out to LaRoche
- Brian McCann pinch hitting for Rafael Soriano
- McCann strikes out. Fitting.
Final Score Pirates 3 Braves 1
Jackson (1-1) the win in relief, Soriano (1-1) the loss, Capps the save (15)
Well, this was going to be a chat about the game as it happens, and turned into a talk to myself for two hours. And the Bravos offense lets down another superb effort from their starting pitcher. Vazquez was awesome today. 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run 12 K's.
On to Baltimore.