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Monday, May 09, 2011

Col. Kurtz Loses It: Pirates 4, Dodgers 1

Pittsburgh... shit; I'm still only in Pittsburgh... Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle.

When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was home after my first tour, it was worse.

[grabs at flying insect]

I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said "yes" to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now... waiting for a mission... getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Doumit squats behind the dish, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the walls moved in a little tighter.

— Willard, or Chad Billingsley
I used the above (slightly incompetently) at MSTI, but really, Chad Billingsley was very good through six, but imploded for three runs in the eighth. Astonishingly, both Juan Uribe and Don Mattingly — the latter for the first time in his brief major league career — were ejected from the game, so go them.

Dodgers pitching gave up three straight doubles — one by Billingsley, and two, worrisomely, by Hong-Chih Kuo — in the eighth, and that was the end of things. Kuo looks especially bad, leaving pitches middle in, and coughing up the win, though he didn't take the loss.

Kind of brutal, really. The Pirates end the day at 18-17 (above .500, by the way), and the Dodgers, 16-20. Chad Billingsley? His first quality start in PNC Park in his career.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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Comments:
I note that Brandon Wood is actually hitting .250/.323/.357 in Pittsburgh, which is almost passable for a shortstop, yet still the Pirates are playing Cedeno with his miserable .212 accomplishment.
 
Interestingly enough, two of his four hits in the last week went for extra bases. I tend to think he's done, but he could yet surprise me.
 

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