Paul Maholm, looking very un-Paul Maholm-like, blanked the Astros as the Bucs beat the Astros 3-0. Maholm allowed only 3 hits, earned his first career shutout, and lowered his ERA from slightly above 6 to slightly below 4.
Ronny Paulino homered, most likely because I tagged him as a potential star earlier in the day. He was able to complete his rookie season hitting respectively over .300, and power is something he’s been working on. His first dinger of the year helped the Pirates win their 4th straight against Houston and first win at home this season.
The 8-10 record looks a little better, and the team is threatening to get back to .500 (oooh..these are exciting times). I’m going to have to update my “7 Reasons to Keep Watching the Bucs” post with reason number 8. I’ll celebrate any Pirate win, since those have been as rare as a Michael Keaton compliment to the Pirate’s management. I can’t say I’d mind growing my list to “82+ Reasons to Keep Watching the Bucs.”