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We were doomed from the start. As soon as we let the thought into our heads that the Pirates scratching their starting pitcher and one of their most productive hitters right before gametime boded well for the Mariners, we were damned to a game like this. Replacement starter and previously mediocre reliever Jeanmar Gomez breezed through the Mariner lineup, making it through 5 innings on just 66 pitches and getting all but three of his outs via groundout or strikeout.
Meanwhile, the Pirates produced all the runs they'd need with their first three hitters. Starling Marte beat Aaron Harang to the bag for an infield single, Travis Snider crushed a poorly placed fastball for an RBI double, then Andrew McCutchen did the same to a decently placed offspeed pitch.
The only Mariners action in this game came when the teams took a break in the 7th inning for the annual Old Timers' game, which saw 40-something Raul Ibanez crush a double off of 60-something Jose Contreras. Dustin Ackley, an old soul, scored on the play.
- Note: Pitch f/x was offline for the first 2.5 innings of this game.
- After a couple rough outings to close out April, Aaron Harang put together his second consecutive quality start (also Quality Start): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K. After serving up a meatball to Travis Snider in the first inning, he was mostly able to move to the edges of the strikezone and keep hitters not named Andrew McCutchen off balance. He let hitters put the ball in the air (per usual) and induced his highest number of swinging strikes in a game since since July of last year.
It's easy to forget that Harang once led the National League in strikeouts, but he still shows glimpses at 34 years old by popping 93 with his fastball and dropping sliders just out of reach. He still has the ability to hold down the back of the rotation; will he do the job by putting up mediocre starts on a regular basis, or by bouncing back and forth between "Hey, I've still got it" and "Bring back Beaven"?
- Each ballpark offers a slightly different vantage point for the center field camera operator. Those that allow the camera to get right behind second base are doing wonders for the T.V. audience.
My initial reaction to these camera angles was a negative one -- hey, stop obstructing home plate, doofus! -- but for the past couple years I've been hoping every stadium capable of making such a move give it a shot. Being able to gauge the horizontal movement of a pitch adds to the viewing experience as each pitch between balls in play holds more intrigue.
With the straight-on angle, pitches actually look hard to hit. This Harang slider is nothing special compared to other big league sliders, but watching on this angle keeps me (as a Pirates fan in this scenario) from yelling at the television, "C'mon, I could hit that!" I couldn't hit that.
It will be fun to watch Felix Hernandez from this angle. I should figure out how to do this. (Or Stephen, who seems to have a better idea of what he's doing.)
- Every time I saw the PNC Park batter's eye, I misread it as
- I still think of Justin Smoak as a future Pirate, but it's sad to realize that they may have turned the corner enough that he wouldn't be on their post-hype-loving radar. Seattle's starting first baseman.