Thursday, August 05, 2004

Pirates Vs. Dodgers, 5 August 2004

One reason people like to watch sports is because of the possibility of seeing something they've never seen before. If that's what you're looking for when you watch a game, I hope you just caught the first inning of today's contest in Los Angeles. In the bottom of the first, sinker-sinker-down-down-down Pirates pitcher Sean Burnett gave up three consecutive homers in the toughest hitters' park in baseball - weird, and amazing. And Lloyd McClendon made a unique and highly unconventional move to ensure that the Pirates will never catch up, starting Randall Simon and his .527 OPS in the cleanup spot.

Craig Wilson, the Pirates' usual cleanup guy, is struggling and probably needs a break. But why would McClendon start Simon there? And why is Jason Bay hitting after him?

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