Baseball: Two Scoring Rules That Need Changed

Baseball is a staid old game and hates any change to the rules. There are two scoring rules that have always seemed wrong and unfair. The first one concerns what is considered an unearned run, which I feel is wrong. The second, is how a starting pitcher gets off the hook for not being charged with a loss. These two scoring rules have been in baseball forever, with no one questioning them, but I think they need to be changed. First let’s look at how runs are considered unearned.

In a particular inning, the first two batters make outs. The next batter hits a routine grounder to the shortstop, which he boots and is charged with an error. The next four batters hit a double, single, double, and top it off with a home run, which score 5 runs. Because all 5 runs scored with 2 outs, after the shortstop’s error, all 5 runs are considered unearned. It’s like if the inning had ended, and those 4 batters had to go out into the field, they would not have gotten the hits that they did. Was the pitcher so traumatized by his teammate’s error that he simply could not pitch properly? Most of the time, when something like that happens, a pitcher has a tendency to bear down, knowing the other team has this extra opportunity to score. There is no question, the batter that gets on base via an error and comes around to score, is an unearned run. When the next four batters get 4 solid hits which scores all 4 players, those runs should be considered earned, even though the inning was extended by the error. It’s almost like the four hits did not happen. It definitely can make ERA a false stat. It’s time to make all runs earned when they score from hits and walks, regardless of when they happen in an inning. Now let’s look at the way starting pitchers are charged with a loss, that is unfair.

In this scenario, the starting pitcher goes out and pitches a solid 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 7 batters. His team scores no runs for the 6 innings and the pitch count is at 99, so he is done for the day. The reliever comes on in the 7th and promptly gives up 3 runs and now the starter’s team is trailing 4-0. The starting pitcher’s team rallies but falls short and the final score is 4-3, with the starter being charged with the loss. The reliever, that gave up the 4th run, is the one who should be charged with the loss. The only way that the starter can get off the hook for the loss, when he leaves a game trailing, is for his team to tie the game, according to the scoring rules. By this method, the starter loses the game by sitting on the bench. Why should the starter have to take the loss, when it was the reliever, who gave up the runs that were needed to win the game? In other words, in any game, the losing pitcher should be the one who gives up the run that provided the margin of victory. If the final score is 7-3, then the pitcher who gave up the 4th run is the losing pitcher. What difference does it make if the team ties up the game or not? It really does not make any sense, to give losses to pitchers this way.

If these scoring rules were changed, I think it would give a more accurate assessment of how a pitcher is doing. You would not need some of the other analytic stats when evaluating pitchers. Earned runs and unearned runs became a stat in 1912. The rules about what constitutes an earned run have changed very little. That needs to change. Same for the loss rule. There really is no rational for the current rules. I know there is little chance for these rules to be changed, but it would be nice to see a pitcher not lose a game while he is sitting on the bench. It would make more sense for all runs to be earned, that have scored, when batters get on base via a walk, hit, or home run.

Pirates Morning Report:

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 3 CUBS 2

WHY THEY PIRATES WON: AS IN THEIR 3 PREVIOUS WINS IN CHICAGO, THE PIRATES GRABBED A LEAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME AND THE BULLPEN DID NOT RELINQUISH IT. IT HAS BEEN AMAZING HOW SIMILIAR THE 7 GAMES HAVE BEEN IN CHICAGO. THE 3 CHICAGO WINS HAVE BEEN BLOW OUTS AND THE PIRATE WINS HAVE ALL BEEN CLOSE GAMES WHERE THE CUBS FAILED TO SCORE OVER THE LAST 5 INNINGS. THE BATS CAME ALIVE, A LITTLE, COLLECTING 9 HITS, WITH 2 BEING EXTRA BASE HITS. YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW LONG THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO KEEP PLAYING YOSHI TSUTSUGO? HE IS SLUGGING .219.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: TOP OF THE THIRD THE PIRATES SCORED 2 RUNS AFTER HAVING 2 OUT AND NOBODY ON. A SURPRISING BIT OF 2 OUT LIGHTNING. SUWINSKI HIT THE BIG HOMER IN 5TH AND THE BULLPEN WENT INTO CUB SHUT DOWN MODE. TOO BAD WE CAN’T PLAY THE CUBS 60 TIMES.

NEXT GAME: FRIDAY, CARDINALS IN PITTSBURGH. TODAY IS WHAT’S CALLED A DAY OFF. ALL PLAYERS WILL BE RESTED. DOES THE PIRATE MANAGEMENT TEAM UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT? I AM NOT TOO SURE. WITH OVER 24 HOURS TO THINK ABOUT IT, THE STARTING LINE UP SHOULD BE A GEM.

Pirate Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 0 CUBS 7

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: VERY POOR STARTING LINE UP. NOT PLAYING YOUR BEST HITTER. PLAYERS PLAYING OUT OF POSITION. NOT KNOWING FUNDEMENTAL BASEBALL. THIS WAS NOT A GOOD DAY FOR THE MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE PIRATES. THIS TEAM LOOKED LIKE A BUNCH OF LITTLE LEAGUERS LAST NIGHT AND THAT BE AN INSULT TO THE LITTLE LEAGUE. THE ONLY PERSON WHO LOOKED WORSE THAN THE PIRATES WAS THE OFFICIAL SCORER FOR THE CUBS WHO, GAVE HITS ON BALLS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED ERRORS. I DO NOT BLAME THIS ON THE PLAYERS. THIS MANAGEMENT TEAM HAS PUT THESE PLAYERS IN POSITIONS TO DELIBERATELY MAKE THEM LOOK BAD AND LAST NIGHT THEY SUCCEEDED BIG TIME. OTHER THAN BRUBAKER PITCHING A HALFWAY DECENT GAME, THE REST OF THE TEAM JUST PLAIN STUNK. IN THE LAST 27 INNINGS THE PIRATES HAVE SCORED 1 RUN.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH WHEN THE PIRATES COMMITTED A COMEDY OF ERRORS OF COMMISSION AND OMISSION. IT IS TOO PAINFUL TO WRITE ABOUT THAT A SO-CALLED MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM COULD LOOK THIS BAD.

A HISTORIC NOTE: THE TURTLE GOT HIS 1ST TRIPLE OF HIS CAREER, BUT THEN PROCEEDED TO TRY AND SCORE ON A MEDIUM LENGTH FLY BALL AND WAS THROWN OUT AT THE PLATE. HIS “SLIDE” AGAIN CAME UP ABOUT 3 FEET SHORT BUT THIS TIME THERE WAS A CATHCER WAITING FOR HIM AT THE PLATE. ANOTHER KEYSTONE COPS MOMENT FOR THE PIRATES.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, CUBS IN CHICAGO. HOPEFULLY KE’BRYAN HAYES WILL NOT NEED 2 DAYS REST. I KNOW ITS TOUGH TO PLAY EVERY DAY WHEN YOU ARE WINDING DOWN A CAREER IN YOUR MID 30’S. I DID HEAR THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO HAVE A TEAM MEETING TO GO OVER THE RULES OF BASEBALL AND TEACH SOME SLIDING TECHNIQUES FOR SLOW RUNNERS. THERE IS ALSO GOING TO BE A TEST ON GAME AWARENESS AND WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS A MAN ON FIRST WITH NO ONE OUT. I HEARD THAT ONE OF THE LOCAL LITTLE LEAGUE COACHES IS GOING TO ADDRESS THE PLAYERS AND STAFF. MAYBE THEY WILL PLAY BETTER TONIGHT.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 0 CUBS 9

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: DILLON PETERS DID NOT LOOK RIGHT FROM THE START, AND THE CUBS EXPLODED FOR 8 RUNS IN THE FIRST. THE PIRATES HAVE BECOME, FOR NOW, THE HITLESS WONDERS. THEY WENT 12 AND 1/3 INNINGS GOING BACK TO SUNDAY BEFORE FINALLY GETTING A HIT. TO PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE, ON 2 SWINGS WILLSON CONTRERAS HAD TWICE THE NUMBER OF TOTAL BASES, THAN THE PIRATES DID FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. THE PIRATES HAVE DEFINED THE TEAM BATTING SLUMP

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: AS BAD AS THINGS LOOKED, THE CUBS ONLY HAD A 2-0 LEAD WITH 2 ON AND 2 OUT. THEN PETERS WALKED THE NEXT BATTER. ENTER BRYCE WILSON. HE GAVE UP A SWINGING BUNT AND THEN WALKED ANOTHER BATTER, TO GIVE THE CUBS A 4-0 LEAD. THEN CONTRERAS TOOK THE VERY FIRST PITCH AND SMOKED IT INTO THE LEFT FIELD STANDS FOR A GRAND SLAM. GAME OVER.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT: CUBS IN CHICAGO. TEAMS, NO MATTER HOW BAD OR HOW GOOD, ALL GO THROUGH A BATTING SLUMP. THE KEY WILL BE, HOW LONG WILL IT LAST. THE ENTIRE TEAM HAS CAUGHT THE SOFT CONTACT OR STRIKE OUT VIRUS. THEY CAN ONLY HOPE IT WILL END SOON. MAYBE WE WILL HAVE THE CATCHER LEAD OFF, ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 1 REDS 0

WHY THE PIRATES WON: AN HISTORIC WIN INDEED, AS THE PIRATES WERE NO HIT BY THE REDS BUT WON THE GAME. THE PIRATES BECAME JUST THE 6TH TEAM SINCE 1901 TO WIN A GAME WHERE THEY WERE HELD WITHOUT A HIT. WHAT GOT LOST IN THE SHUFFLE WAS JUST HOW WELL THE PIRATES PITCHED. THE REDS ONLY HAD 4 HITS AND JUST GOT 2 MEN TO SECOND BASE AND 1 MAN TO THIRD FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. AFTER WRITING YESTERDAY THAT I DID NOT THINK WE WOULD EVER SEE A PIRATE PITCHER PITCH INTO THE 7TH, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT QUINTANA DID. HE PITCHED 7 INNINNGS OF SHUTOUT BALL.

THE KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES HAD THE BASES LOADED, ALL ON WALKS, IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 8TH, WITH ONE OUT. FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE REDS DID NOT COMMIT TO HAVING THE INFIELD PLAY UP. ON A WEAKLY HIT GROUND BALL TOWARD 2ND, THE REDS TRIED TO TURN THE DOUBLE PLAY, RATHER THAN GO HOME TO CUT OFF THE RUN. KE’BRYAN HAYES WAS THE BATTER AND WITH HIS SPEED, HE EASILY BEAT THE THROW TO FIRST, WHICH ENABLED THE PIRATES TO SCORE THE GO AHEAD RUN. IT’S NICE TO SEE THE OTHER TEAM DO THE BONEHEAD PLAY, ONCE IN AWHILE.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, CUBS IN CHICAGO. IT IS A QUICK TRAVEL DAY FOR THE PIRATES WHICH DOESN’T LEAVE DEREK SHELTON MUCH TIME TO THINK OF AN INFERIOR LINE UP, OR WHAT INFIELDER TO PUT IN RIGHT FIELD.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 3 REDS 1

WHY THE PIRATES WON: PITCHING, PITCHING AND MORE PITCHING. ZACH THOMPSON PITCHED THE MOST DOMINATE 6 INNINGS OF THE YEAR, GIVING UP 1 HIT, ONLY FACING 21 BATTERS. THE REDS ONLY HAD A FEW BALLS THAT WERE HIT HARD. IT WAS AN EASY DAY FOR THE DEFENSE. WHY HE ONLY WENT 6 INNINGS, HAVING ONLY THROWN 76 PITCHES, I HAVE NO IDEA. REMEMBER ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. WILL CROWE HAD TO SURVIVE A SHAKY 7TH INNING, CHRIS STRATTON WAS CHRIS STRATTON, BUT THANKFULLY DAVID BEDNAR CAME THROUGH AGAIN AND SHUT THINGS DOWN TO GET THE FINAL 4 OUTS WITH LITTLE PROBLEM. THE BATS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE EVEN WITH VAN METER LEADING OFF, AND WE ALLOWED AN INFIELDER TO PLAY RIGHT FIELD. I TOLD YOU THE WEIRD LINE UP WAS ABOUT TO COME UP. THE TURTLE HIT A HOME RUN AND THE REDS HELPED BIG TIME BY BALKING IN A RUN. A MUCH-NEEDED WIN FOR THE PIRATES.

THE KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: WILL CROWE STRUGGLED IN THE 7TH. HE WALKED THE FIRST BATTER HE FACED. A BLOOP SINGLE PUT RUNNERS ON 1ST AND 2ND WITH NOBODY OUT. WITH COLIN (COMATOSE) MORAN RUNNING THE PIRATES BOTCHED A DOUBLE PLAY BALL. THAT LEFT 1ST AND 3RD WITH ONE OUT. IT LOOKED LIKE THE PIRATES WERE GOING TO GET OUT OF IT WHEN THE NEXT BATTER HIT A SHORT POP UP TO RIGHT FIELD. HOWEVER, A SINGLE TO RIGHT AND AN INFIELDER PLAYING RIGHT MAKING A BAD THROW PUT RUNNERS ON 2ND AND 3RD AND THE BALL GAME WAS ON THE LINE. CROWE, UNLIKE KELLER, BORE DOWN AND STRUCK OUT THE BATTER TO END THE THREAT.

NEXT GAME: THIS AFTERNOON, REDS IN PITTSBURGH. IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE THE PIRATES GET THE SPLIT AND REYNOLDS COME OUT OF HIS FUNK FOR REAL. HOPEFULLY WE WILL HAVE 3 OUTFIELDERS PLAYING TODAY, BUT AGAIN ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. WE WILL WE EVER SEE A PITCHER GO 7 INNINGS, I DOUBT IT. JUST KEEP WEARING THE BULLPEN OUT, SHELTON. THEY CAN ALWAYS GO TO INDIANAPOLIS, REST AND GET DEVELOPED.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 REDS 8

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THE PIRATES PLAYED DEFENSE PRETTY WELL, BUT OTHER THAN THAT THE REST OF THEIR GAME STUNK. MITCH KELLER PUT UP ANOTHER MEDIOCRE PERFORMANCE PITCHING JUST 4 AND 2/3 INNINGS AND GIVING UP 5 RUNS ON 5 HITS AND WALKING 2. KELLER FACED 21 BATTERS ONLY STRUCK OUT 2 AND ONLY THREW 12 FIRST PITCH STRIKES. AFTER ALL THE SPRING TRAINING HYPE WITH SOME WRITERS SAYING THEY EXPECTED TO SEE KELLER IN THE ALL-STAR GAME THIS YEAR, HE WINDS UP PROVING THAT SPRING TRAINING GAMES ARE MEANINGLESS. I GUESS HE COULD BE IN THE AAA ALL STAR GAME IF PIRATES SEND HIM DOWN SOON. THE BATTERS WERE JUST AS UNISPIRING, GETTING 7 HITS AND ONLY 2 RUNS AND NOT REALLY DOING ANYTHING AFTER THE 6TH INNING. HOPEFULLY THE TEAM CAN COME OUT OF THIS FUNK SOON.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE TOP OF THE FIFTH WITH THE GAME STILL IN DOUBT, THE REDS HAD FIRST AND THIRD WITH TWO OUT AND IT LOOKED LIKE KELLER MAY BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE SITUATION WITH NO MORE RUNS SCORING. IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE AS HE GAVE UP A DOUBLE TO BRANDON DRURY TO BREAK THE GAME OPEN 5-2 IN THE REDS FAVOR. AFTER THAT THE PIRATES SLEPT WALKED TO ANOTHER DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF THE REDS.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS IN PITTSBURGH. THE PIRATES HAVE LOST 4 OUT OF 5 TO THE LOWLY REDS AND IT DOES NOT LOOK MUCH BETTER FOR THE WEEKEND. YESTERDAYS LINE UP I THOUGHT WAS PRETTY GOOD. I THINK IT WILL BE TIME FOR A BIZARRE ONE, BUT ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS FOR SURE. MAYBE WE NEED THE TURTLE TO LEAD OFF AGAIN. YES!

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 0 REDS 4

WHY THE PIRATES LOSS: THE BATS WENT SILENT AND EVEN WHEN THEY DID GET THE OCCASIONAL HIT (4) THEY WOULD RUN THEMSELVES INTO OUTS OR FALL ASLEEP AT THE BASE. DWAYNE UNDERWOOD JUNIOR STARTED RIGHT WHERE HE LEFT OFF BEFORE HE GOT INJURED BY GIVING UP RUNS IN BUNCHES. ALL IN ALL, ANOTHER PRETTY MUCH GIFT-WRAPPED WIN FOR THE REDS. LET’S HOPE THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A TREND. BRUBAKER WAS TAKEN OUT AFTER 5 INNINGS FOR NO REASON, AFTER ONLY THROWING 77 PITCHES. TALK ABOUT OVERUSING THE BULLPEN. IT WILL CATCH UP WITH THE PIRATES, IF IT ALREADY HASN’T.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND SUWINSKI WALKED, THEN VAN METER HIT A HARD LINER THAT WAS RIGHT AT THE CENTER FIELDER. MICHAEL PEREZ HIT A SHARP SINGLE TO RIGHT THAT WAS BOOTED BY THE RIGHT FIELDER. PEREZ TRIED TO GO TO SECOND AND WAS THROWN OUT EASILY. THERE WERE ALL KIND OF EXCUSES MADE BY THE PIRATE ANNOUNCERS FOR PEREZ’S BONEHEAD MOVE, BUT IT KIND OF SET THE TONE FOR THE REST OF GAME, WHERE THE PIRATES JUST WALKED THROUGH THE GAME.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS IN PITTSBURGH TONIGHT THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO HAVE A TRIBUTE VIDEO TO COLIN MORAN SHOWING ALL THE BIG PLAYS HE MADE AS A PIRATE. IT LASTS 42 SECONDS. DON’T MISS IT.

The Pirates 30 Games In

It is always nice to look at the season in about 30 game chunks. While we are not technically through 20% of the season, we are 1/5 of the way to the 150-game mark. When you get to the 150th game of season, let’s face it, the remaining 12 games are either meaningless, which is most likely in the Pirate’s case, or they are the 12 most important games of the season. At this point in the season the Pirates stand at 13 wins and 17 losses, just coming off a series win over the mighty Dodgers. It is pretty amazing that they are this good, considering the way they have been managed. Baseball teams are easy to analyze. You look at the way they hit, pitch, field, and how they are managed. So, lets begin.

Hitting: Despite all the data out there hitting boils down to three things. The ability to get on base, the ability to slug the ball, and to score runs. On base percentage (OBP), the ability to get on base, the Pirates rank 17th out of 30 teams. OPS+ is a statistic of hitting and slugging with many factors taken into consideration, like ballparks, and competition. It is expressed as a number with 100 being the league average. The Pirates number is 97, which is a little below league average, which ranks them 19th. The most important thing a team needs to do with all of that, is to score runs. The Pirates so far are averaging 3.77 runs per game, that is 23rd in the Majors. As you can see, the best thing the Pirates do is to get on base, but they have a hard time hitting for power, and converting all of this into runs. None of this is surprising but overall, the hitters have not done too bad, and they have had a recent resurgence of the long ball, which really helped carry them to a series win against the Dodgers.

Pitching: We have to give the pitchers a little slack here, because their stats are a little skewed, due to the fact, they game up 21 runs in one game, Pitching, like hitting comes down to three stats. Run prevention per game, ERA+, another comparison stat that takes ballparks into consideration with a league average being 100, and Fielding Independent Pitching, a stat that tells how well a pitching staff does at controlling what they can control, strikeouts, walks, and home runs. The Pirates have allowed 5.4 runs per game which is 29th in baseball. Their ERA+ is 86 which is 27th in the baseball. FIP for the Pirates is 4.19 that is 25th in baseball. The bottom line is the pitching does not look very good on paper, but they have done well at protecting leads. Considering nobody really knows what their role is on the staff, they have done ok. Without the one bad game the pitchers would be just about on par with the hitters, or even a little better.

Fielding: Fielding stats can be very hard to decipher. I go with one team stat that is on baseball reference, that is called Defensive Efficiency or shortened to DefEff. I think it is the best of all the defensive rating systems and takes into consideration the most factors that involves the defense. The Pirates have always been on the low end of scale, usually ranking in the lower 10, just about every year. This year is no exception where the Pirates rank 26th. Despite all the praise you hear from the booth about this team’s defense, in reality they really stink out in the field. Some of this has not been all their fault, because infielders have been playing the outfield for no apparent reason, other than to make them look bad. That is not to say there have not been bright spots and the potential to get better is certainly there.

Management: I am not just writing about the Manager of the Pirates Derek (Only the Shadow Knows) Shelton but the entire management team. There used to be an old radio show that was a mystery, called The Shadow. In the show as the mystery would begin to unfold, the narrator would always say who knows, only the Shadow knows. This is how I feel about the Pirates starting line ups and the thought processing that go into them. Who knows why they had Vogelbach leading off? Who knows why they played Cole Tucker so much in right field? Who knows why they tried other infielders in the outfield? Who knows why they only let starting pitchers go 4 to 5 innings? Who knows why there is a revolving door about who pitches in the 9th inning, when it is clear who should? I can tell you, only the Shelton knows. I do know this. This management team does not want to win this year, even if it was possible. The players right now are making tanking a little tough, because they are performing above expectations, doing much better in tight ball games. New blood hopefully will be coming up soon, which should make this team better. About this time last year, the team took a big swoon that pretty much lasted into September. We will see if that happens again. Management is certainly praying for it. We will revisit the Pirates after game 60 and get into more individual performances. I was kind to the individual players this time, because they may not be around after game 60.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 5 DODGERS 3

WHY THE PIRATES WON: FROM A DODGER PERSPECTIVE IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS. THE DODGERS HIT A LOT OF HARD BALLS RIGHT AT THE PIRATES AND COULD NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PIRATES GIFTS. DILLON PETERS AND MAX KRANICK PITCHED A SUPERB 6 INNINGS ALTHOUGH BOTH BENEFITTED FROM THOSE AT’EM BALLS. THE PIRATES WENT YARD 3 TIMES AND SCORED AN INSURANCE RUN WITH SOME DARING BASE RUNNING.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: BY FAR, IT WAS THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH. THE PIRATES DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO GIVE THE GAME TO THE DODGERS IN THAT INNING. THEY WALKED 4 BATTERS, COMMITTED AN ERROR, AND THREW A WILD PITCH WITH THE BASES LOADED, THAT HIT OFF THE BACK WALL AND CAME RIGHT BACK TO THE CATHCER. THE DODGERS COULD NOT SCORE TO TAKE THE LEAD ON THAT PLAY. THEN WILL SMITH SMASHED A HARD LINE DRIVE THAT CASTILLO WENT UP THE LADDER TO GET. MAX MUNCY LOOKED LIKE A PIRATE AND TOOK A CALLED THIRD STRIKE TO END THE INNING.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, REDS AT PITTSBURGH. THE MAN I WANTED RESTED THE TURTLE HIT THE GO-AHEAD HOME RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH, TO TAKE A 4-3 LEAD. ONE THING ABOUT THE TURTLE HE IS HUSTLING ALL THE TIME. EVEN ON HOME RUNS HE IS RUNNING FULL THROTTLE. YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM CREDIT, WHERE CREDIT IS DUE. THE NEXT 4 GAMES ARE AGAINST THE REDS LET’S HOPE THE PIRATES CAN GET SOME PAY BACK HERE AND APPROACH .500 BALL. VAN METER HAD HIS BEST GAME OF THE YEAR YESTERDAY, HE SHOULD NEED AT LEAST A 2 GAME REST. ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

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