Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 BREWERS 4

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: JUST A REPEAT OF YESTERDAY WHERE THE BREWER’S PITCHING WAS JUST TOO MUCH FOR THE PIRATES. THIS TIME THE PIRATES STRUCK OUT 13 TIMES BUT DID MANAGE TO PUT THE BALL IN PLAY 19 TIMES. MITCH KELLER HAD HIS BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLLOWED TO PITCH THE FULL 6 INNINGS. WITH HIS STARTER BREEZING ALONG WITH A 75 PITCH COUNT, SHELTON DECIDES TO HAVE A LEFT HANDER FACE CHRISTIAN YELICH. WITH THE BASES EMPTY. DID HE THINK THAT THIS WAS GOING TO MAKE UP FOR THE PREVIOUS GAME? ALL IT REALLY DID, WAS DRAW MORE ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT HE FELL ASLEEP AND LET YELICH FACE A STRUGGLING RIGHT HANDER WITH THE BASES LOADED. RESULT, GRAND SLAM BABY. THEN IN THE SEVENTH WITH SCORE 1-0 IN FAVOR OF THE BREWERS HE BRINGS IN THE LEAST EFFECTIVE RELIEVER THE PIRATES HAVE HAD THIS YEAR. HE HAD OTHER OPTIONS. CROWE HAD NOT PITCHED SINCE THE 17TH, AND THERE WERE OTHER CHOICES. IT SHOWS THAT THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM IS NOT TRYING TO WIN.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE 3-RUN HOMER BY KESTON HIURA IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH THAT MADE THE SCORE 4-0, WHICH ESSENTIALLY ENDED THE GAME. THE PIRATES DID SCORE 2 IN THE TOP OF THE 8TH BUT WENT QUIETLY IN THE 9TH.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, THE CUBS IN CHICAGO. THE PIRATES GOT SWEPT IN MILWAUKEE BECAUSE OF SOME VERY GOOD PITCHING. LET’S HOPE THAT SHELTON CAN STAY AWAKE LONG ENOUGH, SO WE CAN GET OUT OF CHICAGO WITH A SPLIT. I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHO WILL BE NEXT TO PLAY RIGHT FIELD. COULD IT POSSIBLY BE AN OUTFIELDER? MOST LIKELY, NO.

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