Thru 6: Young Bucs beating Lannan

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Oh yeah, there’s a game tonight. Sorry, I’ve been consumed with the the Johnson and Beimel trades.

But for those wondering, we’re already through six innings here at gorgeous PNC Park, where a new-look Pirates lineup filled with young but inexperienced players has looked plenty potent against John Lannan. The Nats’ de facto ace has allowed four runs and seven hits so far, including a solo homer by Steve Pearce and RBIs by Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and — yes — Lastings Milledge.

Milledge, just recalled by the Bucs today to make his debut in left field against his former team, roped an RBI single up the middle in the third. That made it 2-1, but Alberto Gonzalez helped the lead become 3-1 moments later when he tired to fire home on Jones’ bouncer to second and could not nail the speedy Andrew McCutchen at the plate. Jones then blasted a homer to left in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Nats have done little against Ross Ohlendorf, getting only Willie Harris’ RBI double in the second as a run producer. Nyjer Morgan, who got a nice ovation from the PNC Park crowd in his first game back since last month’s trade, was picked off first base in the third in an uninspiring moment.

So there you have it. As we enter the seventh, it’s still Pirates 4, Nats 1.

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