The Pirates took a day off after getting pushed around out west, then defeated the Marlins last night by a score of 3-2. I didn't see the game, but it seemed as if the Pirates played fundamentally sound baseball. Paul Maholm went 7.2 innings, allowing only two runs on three hits. He retired 15 consecutive Marlins after Dan Uggla's third inning home run. The bullpen came into the game and retired four straight batters with a one-run lead. The offense did not do much, but they did scrape together three runs. This was enough considering the way Maholm was pitching. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead in the second with four straight singles and a sacrifice fly. In the fourth inning, Jack Wilson broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run. This was a nice win for the Pirates, as they try to rebound after another disastrous week of baseball.
Before the game, Ian Snell provided us with another great quote. Snell was asked to consider that the Pirates are not underachieving this season, but simply lack the necessary talent to win consistently. He responded by saying, "Seriously, you can tell anyone who says that to go shove it." You've gotta love this guy.
The Pirates and Marlins go at it again tonight at 7:05. John Van Benschoten will go for the Pirates, Sergio Mitre for the Marlins.