Ian Snell went seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits. The only time he was in trouble was the seventh inning when he stranded the bases loaded allowing only one run in the innings. Walks were the culprit in the 7th.
The Pirates did all they could to lose this game. Lack of fundamentals once again nearly bit the Bucs hard. Two separate times the Pirates wasted a triple with less than two outs.
A fielding error by Adam LaRoche in the ninth made the game more interesting than it should have been.
Some bad luck on a grounder to third that hit the bag made it even tighter.
Salomon Torres earned, and I mean earned, the save by getting Albert Pujols to pop out in foul territory with the bases loaded to end the 3-2 game.
Xavier Nady once again came through with 2 rbi in the first after a Jason Bay walk with the bases loaded.
Small ball only works when the team has excellent fundamentals and excellent pitching. Snell once again came through with an excellent outing. Unfortunately, this team has not shown strong fundamentals since the first series of the season in Houston.
It is inexcusable to have Freddy Sanchez thrown out at home on an infield grounder to third.
It is inexcusable to waste two triples.
A win is a win, but this one should never have been in doubt the way Snell pitched.