Sean Rodriguez doubled in consecutive at-bats and drove in four runs, David Freese hit a solo home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Wednesday night to split a brief two-game interleague series. Rodriguez was responsible for breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a three-run double into the left-field corner off Seattle reliever Donn Roach. Rodriguez doubled an inning earlier off starter Wade Miley (6-4) to score Starling Marte. Freese got it all started with a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning. It was a three-run inning for Pittsburgh, capped by a two-run double from Josh Harrison. All that offense backed a strong start from rookie right-hander
Baseball fans in the shebeen will remember the sad tale of Steve Blass, a brilliant pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates who suddenly, and completely inexplicably, lost the ability to find even the vicinity of home plate. It went so bad so quickly for him that Steve Blass Syndrome entered the game's lexicon. Call it Bill Clinton Syndrome.