It is a big night in Pittsburgh. That's right, it is beach towel night. It is very rare that I look forward to a promotion at PNC Park, with beach towel night likely being the only exception. There is just something about waving a towel at a sporting event that causes great enthusiasm among Pittsburgh sports fans. Every beach towel night I have attended has resulted in an electric atmosphere at the ballpark. In fact, the most enjoyable game I have ever attended was a beach towel night. Tonight shall be a good night.
John Van Benschoten will throw for the Bucs, Ted Lilly for the Cubs. Van Benschoten has not looked sharp since being recalled from Triple-A, but he has kept the Pirates in each game he has pitched. Lilly has been up and down at times this season, but his overall numbers are strong (3.84 ERA, 1.08 WHIP). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.