As former Pirates radio and TV play-by-play man Lanny Frattare would bellow after a Pittsburgh win, “There’s nnnooo doubt about it.” Dirtbag won this game.

Gloveless Dirtbag bailed the Rays out with both the bat and the leather in a game far more frustrating than it was fun to watch.

Rays starter Jeff Niemann had a curveball and little else today and the pitchers, save Goggles who closed the game, weren’t much better. The fact J.P. Howell got the win was nothing more than a quirk and nothing to do with his mound appearance.

First, Dirtbag tied the game with a two-run homer in the sixth and his three-run homer in the ninth gave Goggles plenty of room to work with. And the way the Rays pitchers had thrown today, that four-run lead sure felt good.

Seemed like Dirtbag channeled his inner Albert Pujols as Dirtbag launched that three-run homer the way Pujols did off Brad Lidge to win Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. Dirtbag simply crushed that ball.

But Dirtbag’s best play may have come in the bottom of the eighth. The Astros had pulled within a run and with two runners on base, Jason Bourgeois grounded to Dirtbag who had the presence of mind to tag out Clint Barmes who was trying to advance from second to third for the first out of a 5-3 double play to end the inning.

Finally, after a rough start to the season that began with an injury, it appears Dirtbag is rolling into form.



  1. Ken says:

    Juan Cruz also pitched well over two innings giving up only one hit with 2K's. In the bottom of the 8th the 'Stros only had a runner on 2B but did not have a runner on 1B when the ground ball was hit to Evan. The runner did not have to go to 3B. That's why it was a great heads up play by Evan. If there were runners on 1B and 2B, then Evan would have just turned the 5-4-3 double play.

  2. David says:

    About that tag-em-out throw-em-out double play. If you watch closely, Longo really made a heads up play. He initially faked a throwing motion while keeping the ball in his glove. The runner saw the throwing motion and tried to sneak past on Longo's glove side only to be tagged out.


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