Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pirates fall out of first

Wandy Rodriguez (6-6, 3.52 ERA)

Saturday's night 6-4 loss for the Pirates was a testament of the last 18 years of Pittsburgh baseball more than the 2011 version of the team. Brandon Wood's first error of the season helped led to three runs in the eighth inning, the bullpen wasn't able to hold a narrow lead and the team fell into the standings.

But this year's team can salvage yet another series and could end up back in first place with a win today in the  rubber match with the Astros. Kevin Correia goes for the Bucs while Houston ace Wandy Rodriguez pitches for the Astros.

Pirates All-Star pitcher Kevin Correia (11-7, 4.02 ERA)

The Pirates are 1-1 against Wandy this year, scattering 13 hits in 13 innings. Houston hasn't seen Correia yet this year, but in eight career games, he has a 3.64 ERA.

The Pirates haven't lost a series since the June 17-19 sweep by the Cleveland Indians and haven't lost a series to an NL team since dropping a two-game series to the Atlanta Braves May 24-25.

Below is the AP gamer on ESPN from Saturday night.

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