Anibal Sanchez was the star of the show Saturday night at PNC Park as he tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout, striking out 11 and leading the Marlins to a 3-0 victory over the Pirates.
Neil Walker was the lone batter to manage a hit off of Sanchez in the game when he doubled in the second inning. But that was as much as Ani would allow in his stellar performance that none of us got to see because FSFL values football over baseball.
The Fish backed their pitcher with three runs off of rookie lefty Jeff Locke, who made his Big League debut against the Marlins Saturday. Locke lasted five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while walking four.
The Marlins score all three of their runs off of Locke in the third. Emilio Bonifacio singled to lead off the inning before Bryan Petersen and Gaby Sanchez worked walks to load the bases. A single by John Buck plated Boni and Petey, and Donnie Murphy hit a sac fly to center to score Gaby and put the Fish on top 3-0.
The Marlins have taken the series, and go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.