18 Down, 63 to Go!
Goodbye Tony Armas, we hardly knew you. As a starter at least. Ok, we know enough that it was just one more in a long list of bad signings by Dave Littlefield.
Despite Armas doing his best to lose another game for the Pirates allowing 2 runs in 3 innings on 77 pitches, somehow, someway the Pirates were able to pull out a 7-2 victory.
The win can be attributed as much to the Marlins shipping their gloves to their next series a day early, they committed 5 errors, as can be attributed to the Pirates timely hitting. There is no better way to put it than timely, considering 6 hits produced 7 runs.
Pirates batters also drew 7 walks for the second time in a week, surely a franchise record.
Shawn Chacon pitched 5 innings of two hit ball to earn the win. Chacon also helped with the bat and possibly the best, at least most alert, base running the Pirates have seen in 14 years.
The odds on favorite must be Chacon to take the number 5 starter spot in the rotation. I disagree with it already, he has been too valuable out of the pen this season. With as young as the rotation is he will be more valuable in a long/middle relief role.
Armas must be released, a long relief man needs to be able to last more than 2 innings.
Manny Ramirez passed Willie Stargell for 38th on the All-Time RBI list last night.
Arizon is next on the schedule for a 3 game series starting tonight at PNC.