Pirates Sweep Astros

• Summary: Pirates pitcher Tom Gorzelanny redeemed himself from a horrific spring and pitched 5 strong innings to keep the Buccos in the game. The Pirates got clutch hitting for the third straight game as Jose Bautista drove in three runs as the Pirates topped the Astros for third time in three days.

‚Ä¢ Turning Point: Four run fifth inning. RBI’s by Paulino (1), Bautista (2) and Duffy ( via error)

‚Ä¢Player of the game: Jose Bautista – Jim Tracy drew criticism from the media for not having a fair competition between Bautista and Jose Castillo in spring training. Castillo clearly outplayed Bautista in spring training but Tracy’s bold move is paying dividends as Bautista has been a pleasant surprise.

• Stat of the day: The Buccos grabbed its first three-game sweep in Houston since 1991

‚Ä¢ Quick hits: Let’s give credit to where it’s due to Jack Wilson. Wilson will never have another season like he did in 04 but he has shown great leadership since calling out Jose Castillo. Wilson is leading by example with his work ethic and is being more vocal than past seasons. With the way Xaiver Nady is hitting the Pirates should give him a look as the #5 hitter when Freddy Sanchez comes back.

1.Duffy

2.Sanchez

3.Bay

4.Laroche

5. Nady

6. Bautista

7. Wilson

8. Paulino

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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