Nationals Vs. Pirates: Bucs Win 4-2 Thanks To Paul Maholm's Strong Outing

Brandon Wood makes his Pirates debut as the Bucs face lefty John Lannan.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Paul Maholm, Brandon Wood Key Pirates Win

Paul Maholm shut down the Nationals offense before a tiny crowd Monday night at PNC Park, as the Pirates won 4-2. A Penguins playoff game and the fact that this game wasn't originally on the schedule (it was a makeup game after a postponement on Friday) kept the fans away, and a rain delay in-game probably didn't help either, but the Pirates won anyway.

Maholm racked up eight strikeouts, and he and Evan Meek combined to record outs against 16 straight batters. (Joel Hanrahan pitched a scoreless ninth.) Maholm gave up two runs on a single by Adam LaRoche in the first inning, but otherwise, the Nationals could do virtually nothing against him.

The Bucs didn’t do much offensively, either, but had good timing, as three of their six hits (plus two walks) came in the fourth inning, when they scored all four of their runs off John Lannan. Brandon Wood, making his Pirates debut, keyed the inning with a two-run double to right-center.

The Pirates are now 10-12 after taking two of three from the Nationals. They will begin a three-game series against the defending champion San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, with Charlie Morton, James McDonald and Jeff Karstens starting.

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Nationals Vs. Pirates: Bucs Try Out Strange Lineup As Brandon Wood Makes Pirates Debut

The Pirates conclude their series against the Washington Nationals Monday night at 7:05 PM at PNC Park.

The Bucs will start an unusual lineup against the Nats' John Lannan:

1. CF Andrew McCutchen

2. LF Jose Tabata

3. RF Matt Diaz

4. 2B Neil Walker

5. 1B Steve Pearce

6. 3B Brandon Wood

7. C Chris Snyder

8. SS Ronny Cedeno

9. P Paul Maholm

Brandon Wood will make his Pirates debut as a third baseman, while Matt Diaz and Steve Pearce get starts in place of Garrett Jones and Lyle Overbay. Lannan, a lefty, is very effective against lefties but not against righties, whereas Diaz and Pearce love hitting lefty pitching. Wood has been equally terrible against lefties and righties throughout his major-league career, but at least this lineup keeps Pedro Alvarez away from a fellow lefty.

Paul Maholm makes the start for the Pirates after a poor last outing against the Marlins.

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