Times are tough for Pirates pitchers Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny. Both are relatively young (27 and 26, respectively) and have had some major league success, but something – injury, lack of confidence, playing for the Pirates – has derailed once promising careers.
Last weekend, Gorzelanny and Snell found themselves pitching on back-to-back days for the Indianapolis Indians. On Saturday, Gorzelanny went five innings against Toledo, striking out twelve and allowing four hits. The next day, Snell took the hill against the Mud Hens, walked the first batter he faced, then struck out thirteen in a row. Thirteen. That means he struck out the side in the first, second, third, and four innings. Mike Hessman was the first to make an out in some other way, grounding out to third with one out in the fifth. Snell finished with 17 strikeouts in seven innings.
Barring a trade, the two will have starts coming up later this week, so it should be interesting to see what they do the next time out.