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Pirates 5, Phillies 1

Following on the heels of a week of horrible baseball and the release of Matt Morris, this was a refreshing display of competence. Paul Maholm walked four batters, but he had a 99-pitch, complete game two-hitter. Meanwhile, Nate McLouth hit two homers, raising his season total to six, and Jose Bautista had three hits, a stolen base, and a great defensive play. There were no errors.

Was it just coincidence that the Pirates played like this after Morris was released? Almost certainly. But, as Azibuck pointed out in the comments to the game thread, this one certainly felt different.