Pirates win out west
The Pirates started their road trip off right, defeating the Mariners 5-3 last night in Seattle. Jim Tracy left Tom Gorzelanny in the game as long as possible (123 pitches), then turned things over to his shaky bullpen. Five pitchers were used in the final two innings, as Tracy's hook was extremely quick. Masumi Kuwata diffused an eighth inning rally and Shawn Chacon struck out the final two batters to earn the save. The Pirates' offense was not great, but they managed to put five runs on the board and get the victory. I only saw the first few innings of this game, so I will not comment any further.
Tonight the Pirate hitters have a chance to have some fun, as Jeff Weaver will be throwing for the Mariners. Weaver is 0-6 with a 10.97 ERA, an ERA+ of 39, and a WHIP of 2.19 in 2007. Those are absolutely terrible numbers, but he has pitched fairly well since returning to the rotation on June 9. He has posted an ERA of 3.60 in his two starts since that return. He did not receive a decision in his last start against the Cubs, but went six innings and allowed only three runs. Paul Maholm (3-9, 5.00 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) will be on the mound for the Pirates. Maholm has also been throwing well recently, specifically his past five starts. Maholm's numbers would look much better, but he has been let down by his defense in many of his outings. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 PM.