At first, this seemed like it was going to be an easy one. Paul Maholm absolutely cruised through his first three innings, throwing only 15 pitches in the first two, and the Bucs raced out to a quick 3-0 lead. Maholm hit a bit of a snag, though, and started to give runs back until suddenly it was 4-4 in the top of the sixth. “Uh-oh,” I thought to myself, “I guess it’s time for this again.”
But it didn’t happen today. The Pirates kept scoring runs behind Adam LaRoche’s four hits (yeah, that seems strange to write in April), Andy LaRoche’s two RBIs and the bullpen, particularly John Grabow, stopped the bleeding at four runs. Suddenly, we have ourselves a winning streak.
You know what? Maybe the Marlins 11-1 record was inflated by the Nationals and the Pirates can’t keep this sort of thing up, but I’ve enjoyed the hell out of these first 15 games.