Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 PADRES 5

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: IT BEGAN WITH THE LINE UP CARD AND WENT DOWN HILL FROM THERE. THIS TEAM DID NOT FIELD WELL, HAD VERY POOR BASE RUNNING AND THE BULLPEN DID NOT PERFORM WELL, PARTICULARLY IN THE NINTH INNING. A SOLID PERFORMANCE BY MITCH KELLER WAS WASTED, AS SHELTON CHOSE NOT TO PLAY CHAVIS AND CASTILLO. THIS TEAM IS BEGINNING TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE NO BASEBALL SENSE, EVEN FROM THEIR BETTER PLAYERS.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES LOADED THE BASES WITH NOBODY OUT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH. FINALLY, MICHAEL CHAVIS GOT INTO THE GAME, AND HIT A SACRIFICE FLY, TO BRING THE PIRATES WITHIN ONE RUN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE THROW CAME ALL THE WAY TO THE PLATE, NEITHER OF THE TWO PIRATE RUNNERS ADVAN CED TO THIRD AND SECOND, WHICH THEY COULD OF DONE EASILY. DIEGO CASTILLO PINCH HIT NEXT AND HIT INTO AN INNING ENDING DOUBLE PLAY, WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE, IF THE RUNNERS HAD MOVED UP. IF THE PADRES HAD PLAYED THE INFIELD IN, IT MAY HAVE GONE FOR A HIT AND PUT THE PIRATES IN THE LEAD

NEXT GAME: TUESDAY IN DETROIT. ITS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO PLAY FIVE GAMES ON THE ROAD AGAINST TEAMS WITH A WORSE RECORD THAN THEIRS. IT WILL TAKE ALL OF SHELTON’S IMAGINATION TO COME UP WITH LINE UPS THAT CAN LOSE TO THESE TEAMS, BUT I AM SURE HE WILL BE UP TO THE TASK. I CAN’T WAIT.

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