Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Pirates complete sweep behind Gorzelanny

This is the starting pitching that the Pirates dreamed about as they entered the 2007 season. For one game, the rest of the team helped out also. Tom Gorzelanny allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 8.1 innings and Adam LaRoche led the offense with a three-run homerun as the Bucs finished off a two-game sweep of the Cardindals with a 6-1 victory yesterday afternoon.

The offense finally woke up, "exploding" for six runs. With the success the pitching has had, this team will win the majority of games in which six runners cross home plate. Adam LaRoche is showing small signs of breaking out of his year-long slump. His 3rd inning home run was his lone hit of the game, but any positive sign is welcome at this point. He has been taking relatively better at-bats recently, so it is not something that I am tremendously worried about. Although I wasn't able to watch this game, it also sounds as if the defense played well. Furthermore, the Bucs doubled their season total of stolen bases when they swiped two. This is the way this team must consistently play if they are going to have any success in 2007.

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