The Pirates won today, 6-3, in a rare Monday afternoon game at PNC Park. in a makeup game against the Rockies on what should have been an off day for both teams and now means that the Pirates have games that they showed up to the ballpark at for 31 straight days, including the rainout yesterday.
The rainout also meant that Ryan Vogelsong had to start today’s game, since Juan Nicasio warmed up and threw a full inning yesterday that will be lost to the sands of baseball time forever. Little was it known at the time that this would prove to be pretty bad for Vogelsong, as he took a pitch to the face and is still being evaluated at the hospital. This may be an injury to the eye itself, which is a pretty terrifying thing. When I was in high school, I was warming someone up who was going to pitch in a scrimmage; while we were playing catch, I looked away for a second and took a pitch right in the eye. Miraculously, my glasses didn’t break and the only damage to my eye was that it was swollen around it; no broken bones or worse, but it was a pretty scary thing for me as a young guy in high school. Hopefully Vogelsong is similarly lucky and has no permanent damage. I know we’re all pulling for the guy.
Wilfredo Boscan, who was probably going to pitch a few innings at some point anyway, filled in admirably after Vogelsong was carted off, tossing four innings of two-run, two-hit ball and getting his first career win (whatever that’s worth). He also notched an RBI single in the third to put the Pirates up 6-0.
From there, the remainder of the bullpen took over, with Jared Hughes yielding to Mark Melancon in the ninth in a save situation. Melancon looking like the wheels were going to fall off at any point while he was on the mound, but managed to get the save. He hasn’t looked as lights out this year as he’s been in the past, but maybe that’s just how he is now.
The Cubs and Cardinals start a series tonight, so as long as the Pirates keep getting wins, something good will happen for them in the standings.