Marlins 9, Pirates 5
James McDonald was just the most recent Pirates starter to
struggle against the Marlins.
The last two did, too, and the Florida Marlins beat Pittsburgh
9-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
”Three days in a row we dug big holes off the mound early,”
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
McDonald gave up eight runs in three innings, including home
runs to Scott Cousins, Brett Hayes, and Mike Stanton. Each of the
three hit his first homer of the season.
Cousins hit a grand slam for his first career home run, Hayes
added a three run-homer, and Stanton a solo shot.
Cousins’ shot to right-center field off McDonald (0-2) gave
Florida a 4-1 lead in the second inning.
”It was basically right down the middle,” McDonald said.
The night before, Charlie Morton gave up six runs in five
innings. On Tuesday night, it was Paul Maholm who struggled – six
runs in 3 2-3 innings.
Both games were 6-0 losses. The Pirates had a chance in this
Pittsburgh cut the lead to 9-5 in the sixth inning before Matt
Diaz grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases
loaded. Hanley Ramirez dove to his left and flipped to Omar
Infante, who tossed it to first to end the inning.
”Obviously that was a key part of the game,” Pirates’ Pedro
Alvarez said. ”If Hanley doesn’t make that play, it might be a
different story. He made a great play.”
Alvarez homered, had three hits and drove in two runs for the
It was a positive, but not much consolation.
”We’re not looking to find little nuggets,” Hurdle said.
”We’re looking to win ball games. This is not a league where you
try hard, this league you’ve got to do good.”
For Florida, Chris Volstad (1-1) allowed five runs in 5 1-3
innings for the Marlins.
”It feels very, very good,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez
said. ”When Pittsburgh came in, they were playing very well, so we
were playing a very good team. We’ve been playing well, we’ve been
scoring runs, we’ve been finding ways to get those runs in.”
Notes: Marlins LF Logan Morrison (foot sprain) was placed on the
15-day disabled list following the game retroactive to Wednesday. A
corresponding move will be announced Friday. … Pirates SS Josh
Rodriguez recorded his first hit in the big leagues with an infield
single in the fifth. ”You don’t picture your first hit in the big
leagues like that,” Rodriguez said. … The Marlins have batted
around the lineup in three consecutive games. … Cousins became
the seventh Marlins hitter to hit a grand slam as his first career