Pirates-Rockies: Bucs' Bullpen Gives Up 1 Run In 7 Innings

Brian WolffCorrespondent IMay 16, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Brandon Moss #44 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the New York Mets on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, May 16—Ian Snell looked good for the first two outs of the first inning, but quickly got himself into a little trouble.

He walked Todd Helton on just five pitches. Brad Hawpe followed with a single after a long at bat, putting runners on the corners. Ryan Spilborghs followed with a double scoring Helton and putting the Rockies ahead 2-0.

In the second Clint Barmes got the only hit for the Rockies, a solo shot to left field.

In the bottom of the inning the Pirates got things going themselves. Adam LaRoche hit a single to center and Brandon Moss, who is on a bit of a tear lately, followed with a single of his own to put runners on the corners with nobody out.

Andy LaRoche singled to center scoring brother Adam and moving Moss over to second.  Jason Jaramillo then walked to load the bases for Jack Wilson. Wilson grounded out to first, but Moss was able to score.

Ian Snell popped out to first but the Pirates were not finished yet. Delwyn Young, who got the start in place of Nyjer Morgan, came to bat just in time.

As the skies quickly opened up dropping heavy rains, Young hit a single to center, scoring LaRoche and Jaramillo putting the Pirates up 4-3. The umpire immediately stopped the game to wait out the weather.

After a long break the Rockies picked up where they left off, as Troy Tulowitzki drew a lead-off walk. Helton then singled to right, moving Tulowitzki to third.

Hawpe, the hero of last night’s game for the Rockies, hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Tulo.

A couple of pitchers and innings later in the fifth Nate McLouth hit a solo homer to right to break the tie, on what was Nate McLouth bobble-head doll night.

The Pirates had a big inning the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Moss got the remaining crowd to their feet with a lead-off double. 

Andy LaRoche singled to left-center plating Moss. Jaramillo then came up and singled to left center, moving LaRoche to third. Jack Wilson then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring LaRoche.

In the ninth Matt Capps came on to relieve John Grabow, and try to redeem his recent performances. He did just that.

With the series tied at 1-1 Ubaldo Jiminez (3-4, 4.73 ERA) takes the mound for the Rockies. Zach Duke (4-3, 2.53 ERA) will pitch for the Pirates. Duke is coming off a four-hit, one-run performance over eight innings.

The Pirates finished with seven runs on 11 hits and a throwing error by Jack Wilson. The Rockies got four runs on six hits.  

The rain delay lasted 1 hour 37 minutes.

The Pirates have an odd schedule coming up over the next 10 games. They have a rare four-game series in Washington D.C., before going over to Chicago to play two three-game series,the start of inter-league play with a series against the White Sox, then one against the Cubs.