Braves Game, March 4- Running Recap
It didn’t take too long into the season to remind us why the Pirates were the 2nd worst team in 2009, and why they are projected to be close to the bottom of the barrel in 2010. 2 innings with little going on with the bat. A Ryan Church single was followed by a 1 pitch AB by Jeff Clement who grounded into a double play. Mega-prospect Alvarez then K’d looking. In the one Braves inning so far, Morton was somewhat wild, walked McLouth and McCann, Jaramillo allowed 2 passed balls, and the Braves scored (though only one, thanks to a double play ball from Chipper Jones).
I missed the bottom of the` 2nd, but it seems Morton was in better shape this time, though he still walked one. The Bucs tied it in the top of the 3rd, with an RBI single from Bobby Crosby scoring Delwyn Young from 2nd.
Milledge’s best efforts to steal following a walk were foiled in the top of the 6th with foul balls. The Pirates don’t score, and most position players have been replaced. Chulk walks the first batter, and I m mostly out here on. Might be back at the end for a couple of impressions.
Halfway through the game: Its 3-1 Braves. Tons of walks and HBPs from both Pirate pitchers so far, Burres and Morton. Nothing of interest to report- Bucs still not hitting any good, too many Ks, too few balls hit well. Brad Lincoln time bottom of the 5th?
From the way the balls have been hit, Lincoln doesn’t seem to be fooling too many people. Chipper Jones and Brian McCann both hit the ball hard, while Glaus GIDPed to help the Bucs some. Man on 2nd, Matt Diaz lefty killer up against righty Lincoln. Foul tip strikeout to get out of the inning! 3-1 Braves after 5.