Somewhere during the Pirates' endless seventh inning tonight, where the Pirates put the first 11 hitters of the inning on base, scored ten runs, and turned what seemed like a punchless 4-1 loss into a rousing 11-4 win, I thought to myself, "I've seen this before." The huge inning, the bullpen meltdown, the fielders flopping around like fish out of water, the great start wasted. The Rockies had somehow morphed into the Pirates.
It's amazing what a difference that one inning makes. Now the Pirates have won two series in a row and four out of six since ending their eight-game losing streak. Now, Zach Duke has as many wins as he did in 2008 and we can say that his start today was, "solid except for one inning" instead of something more negative. Thanks to one big inning, Nate McLouth, Andy LaRoche, Brandon Moss, and Delwyn Young are all on hot streaks.
Really? I'm just happy to be on the right side of one of these innings.