Pirates vs Red Sox 6-26-11

It was a date circled on the calendar for some time for Pirate fans. The weekend that the much-hyped Boston Red Sox made their appearance. Couple that with the fact that the Battling Buccos were still staying in the hunt, would make this a very intense series.

I was unable to attend the games Friday and Saturday due to being away on vacation, and was impressed with the team effort taken to win both those games. I fully expected this series to be the beginning of the end for the Pirates, but then again has anything gone according to plan in 2011?

I arrived to the ballpark and hour before game time. All I could think was “Wow!” The Clemente Bridge was packed with people, Federal Street was bustling more than any game I had ever seen. I guess this is what the big time feels like.

For the third time this season, and the second time in the series, the Pirates set an all-time attendance record. It was as close to a playoff atmosphere as the park has seen in it’s 10 year history.

As for the game, Pirate James McDonald went against Andrew Miller of the BoSox. McDonald was his usual self, throwing a ton of pitches, but not giving up many runs. It would be the fielding that would cost the Bucs the chance at the sweep. Andrew McCutchen’s horrible throwing/fielding decisions cost the team it’s first run. I love the bat and speed from Cutch, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired.

The Pirates would take advantage of Boston errors to get the lead 2-1 however, but it wouldn’t last. A ball thrown into centerfield by McDonald on a bunt let the Sox tie it up, and the next inning Boston broke it open despite not getting a single hit in two innings of scoring three runs. A tense moment came when pinch-hitter David Ortiz demolished a ball just foul that almost cleared the right field bleachers. He would walk and later score on a sac fly by barreling over new catcher Eric Fryer.

Down 4-2 the Pirates couldn’t muster another rally. Although the team lost because of poor pitching and fielding (numerous walks and three errors) I don’t think I’ve had more fun at a Pirate loss. I hope the team can keep it going and keep getting crowds like they are. It certainly would make for a memorable summer.

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About suhlmann12
journalism student at Ohio University. Huge fan of Pittsburgh sports teams

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