Again, not much to love about this one. The Pirates allowed ten or more runs for the third consecutive game which, the Pirates' announcers reported, is the first time they've done that since 1994. Matt Morris proved, yet again, that he's toast; he didn't look sharp, fooled no one, and got pasted for eight runs in four innings. Then Franquelis Osoria came in and didn't pitch well, either, although at least Evan Meek got in two scoreless innings at the end of the game. The Pirates' rotation is quickly becoming Ian Snell and four days of hell - they desperately need Paul Maholm or Tom Gorzelanny to step up, because right now they're pretty much punting every fifth game when Morris goes out there. Morris has now started four times and allowed 25 runs, and the Bucs have lost all four games he's played, by a total of 22 runs.
It's hard to fault the offense much for failing to score eleven runs to win this one, even with a chump like Mark Hendrickson on the mound. On the bright side, there were no errors, and Nate McLouth kept his hitting streak alive with a single in the bottom of the eighth. Unfortunately, the Bucs only had one extra-base hit (a double), and Adam LaRoche went hitless yet again.