After losing a game to the Phillies behind a rookie making his big league debut, the Pirates have won back to back to back games against Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee.
Daniel Bard threw a scoreless inning.
- Rick Ankiel walked.
– Clay Buchholz has won his first five starts, hasn’t pitched fewer than 7, and hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any of them.
Carlos Marmol struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the game with the tying run on second.
- Of course, Marmol walked the first batter he faced and allowed a single to the next one.
Jose Lobaton (and his career .272 slugging) homered.
- Jeremy Hellickson walked four White Sox in six innings.
– Hellickson has a solid walk rate, and the White Sox were dead last in baseball in walks.
Francisco Cervelli hit his third homer.
- He is already one shy of his career high,
– If he played for the Marlins, he would be tied for the team lead.
Joey Votto didn’t walk, and Shin Soo Choo didn’t get hit with a pitch.
Justin Verlander only struck out four in seven innings of work before leaving the game with a blister.
- The Tigers bullpen allowed five runs in the tenth after Bruce Rondon blew the save in the 8th in his big league debut.
– That tenth inning included an intentional walk to Jeff Francoeur.
— Francoeur has more career IBBs than Nick Swisher, and only one fewer than Josh Hamilton.
Juan Uribe walked three times.
- That’s actually his fourth career 3+ walk game.
In 6.1 innings, Brandon Maurer allowed seven singles to seven different players.