Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Gorzelanny quiets Marlins

The Marlins know how to pronounce Gorzelanny now. He completely shut them down for seven innings last night, and the Pirates' offense remained above water for the second consecutive game in a 7-0 win.

This was an almost perfect game to attend. Gorzelanny allowed only five singles in his seven innings, and was particularly hard on Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera struck out twice against Gorzelanny and took out his frustration on his equipment after adding another K against Matt Capps in the 8th inning. Dontrelle Willis struggled with his command early, but the Bucs were only able to push across two runs against him. The second scored on Ronny Paulino's solo home run in the 6th, a blast that was very significant when it happened. Paulino also walked three times in the game. The game was put out of reach in the bottom of the 8th inning, as the Pirates added five more runs.

Game Notes

  • Freddy Sanchez is hitting like it is 2006. There might not be a more beautiful sight than that of a Freddy Sanchez double just inside the right field line.
  • It must be May, because Jose Castillo looks like he wants to be on the field. He stayed with a rundown long enough for Cabrera to make a mistake in the 8th inning and he hit the ball hard towards center three times throughout the game. After his two-run double broke the game open in that 8th inning, Castillo uncharacteristically displayed his emotion. It seems like he wants to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Another 1-2-3 inning from Matt Capps. Ho hum.
  • Another scoreless inning for Salomon Torres. Ho hum.

The Pirates and Marlins are currently tied 1-1 through five innings in game 2 of this series. (UPDATE 11:45 PM): Marlins win 9-3. How quickly the wheels can fall off.

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