The Pittsburgh Pirates are clinging to their hopes of a playoff berth and a season over .500 for the first time in 20 years. Yet, games like last night make you think at times that these are the same old Pirates. Pittsburgh and Milwaukee were deadlocked at two after six before the Brewers scored four in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run double by former Pirate prospect Aramis Ramirez off of reliever Jared Hughes. Pittsburgh got one back in the seventh on a Rod Barajas solo homer, and made it a game in the ninth by scoring a pair and putting two on with two out for pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez...who struck out against Kameron Loe to end the game with a 6-5 Pirates loss. Coupled with the Cardinals 8-5 win over the Reds, the Pirates fall to two games out of the second wild card spot. They're still nine games above .500, so hitting that benchmark seems likely...but the playoff race is fading from their sights, and that's not a good thing at all for the black and gold fans in the Steel City.
Game of the Night: White Sox 9, Mariners 8. Jake Peavy held Seattle in check over seven innings, and the White Sox offense pounded Jason Vargas, leading to a 7-2 Chicago lead going into the ninth. Then...the bullpen completely imploded. Phil Humber allowed a solo homer to Jesus Montero, got a fly out, and then walked Justin Smoak. He was pulled for Donnie Veal, who allowed a Trayvon Robinson double and was pulled right after that. Then, Sox closer Addison Reed came in with two on and a four run lead. Reed walked Brendan Ryan (not an easy task), and allowed a two run single to Dustin Ackley to make it 7-5. Then, another walk, this time to Michael Saunder. That walk was followed with a Kyle Seager sac fly to make it 7-6, and a game-tying single by John Jaso that turned into a go-ahead single after a bad throw from Alex Rios. With an 8-7 lead, Seattle turned to Tom Wilhelmsen in the ninth...and well, I wrote about what happened to Wilhemsen last night.no comments