Game 23 - Thursday Afternoon, April 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 9-14, 4th Place, 7 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: For the second game in a row, the bullpen couldn't contain the Pirates, and the Phillies lost, 6-4.
What It Means: The Pirates took three out of four from the punchless Phillies and the homestand ended with a disappointing 3-5 record. The team now heads to Flushing for three games with the Mets.
What Went Wrong: The bullpen just couldn't get the job done again and the offense continues to plop along. Cliff Lee cruised through the first five innings before allowing the first Pirates run in the sixth, and two more runs in the seventh. In total, he scattered 10 hits over seven innings while striking out seven.
Phillippe Aumont came on in the eighth, and departed after allowing three hits and a hit batter in a third of an inning. The big blow was Garrett Jones' double to right that scored two and gave the Pirates the lead.
Featured Card: Even though they just took three out of four from the Phils, I still think it's a shame that the Pirates only visit town once a year. Back in the day, the Phillies-Pirates rivalry was huge and The Vet would be packed for each of their several visits throughout the spring and summer. Unless these two teams meet up in postseason play, we won't see the Buccos and their third base coach Nick Leyva again until 2014.