PITTSBURGH - MAY 09: Juan Uribe #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues with the umpires after getting thrown out of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 9, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Pirates: Late-Inning Comeback, Controversy Propels Pittsburgh

  • Live
1 Total Update since May 10, 2011
  • Updates 1
  • All Updates 1

Dodgers Vs. Pirates: Late-Inning Comeback, Controversy Propels Pittsburgh

The last time the Pittsburgh Pirates were over .500 on May 9th, it was 2002. Jimmy Anderson was the winning pitcher. Adrian Brown and Pokey Reese hit at the top of the order. Andrew McCutchen was a freshman in high school. 

What started as a pitcher’s duel ended with fireworks and histrionics, with a pair of ejections and late-inning heroics punctuating the night as the Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers at home Monday night, 4-1.

The Dodgers got to Pirates starter Jeff Karstens early, with Juan Uribe chopping a two-out RBI single between third and short for a 1-0 lead. That’s all Karstens and the Pirates would allow, though, as the Dodgers would put all sorts of runners on base -- 12 in the game -- but could drive no more of them in.

In the eighth inning, it wasn’t just the Dodgers making sure that runners didn’t come in. After Matt Kemp was hit by a pitch, Uribe drove a ball to left that Jose Tabata attempted to catch with an underhanded scoop. It appeared that the ball hit the ground first, but it was ruled a catch and Kemp was doubled off first. What could have been a two-on, no-out situation became an empty-bases, two-out situation.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out to argue, but the real entertainment came before the bottom half of the inning. Mattingly continued his argument, and on the other side of the diamond, Uribe made an editorial comment that third-base umpire Mike DiMuro didn’t appreciate. Uribe was immediately tossed, and had to be restrained by other umpires. Mattingly took up the argument, and was quickly tossed himself.

When play resumed, the Pirates took advantage.

With Garrett Jones on first base, Neil Walker alligator-armed an inside pitch down the first-base line for an RBI double. That chased Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley, who went seven-plus innings, giving up three runs while striking out four. Lyle Overbay followed Walker with a line-drive double off the right-field wall. Ryan Doumit continued the rally with a line drive almost in the same spot of Jones’ double, and the Pirates took a 4-1 lead.

Joel Hanrahan made the ninth inning interesting, allowing a single and committing an error to bring the tying run to the plate, but Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles both grounded out to Pedro Alvarez to end the game.

The series continues tomorrow, with the Dodgers (16-20) sending Ted Lilly to the mound, and the Pirates (18-17) countering with Kevin Correia.

For more on the Dodgers and Pirates, please visit team blogs True Blue LA and Bucs Dugout

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.