Sunday, September 07, 2008

Game 141: Giants 7 Pirates 6

Even in the 141st game of the year, it's impressive how quickly the Pirates' bullpen can blow a lead. Last night, Denny Bautista came into the game in the seventh inning, probably because Paul Maholm rightly won't be crossing the 100 pitch barrier much for the rest of the year, and in six batters and what felt like about 30 seconds had turned a 4-1 lead into a 4-4 game. That set the stage for John Grabow to come in and throw one pitch to Scott McClain, which was promptly launched into the stands to give the Giants a lead. Later on, Jesse Chavez got his official inaguration into the Pirates pen by giving up the first homer of his career, and a game that the Pirates had on lock through six turned into an ugly 7-6 loss. Pretty fitting for the 81st loss of the year.