Final Score: Pirates 8 Orioles 1
Why The Pirates Won: Things did not look all that good for the Pirates in the early going. The first 13 Pirate batters made outs and the Orioles only run came on what could only be described as a cheap home run. Then with 1 out in the top of the fifth Michael Chavis hit a big Baltimore Chop that the Oriole 3rd basemen had to field over his shoulder and by the time he threw, Chavis had beat it out for the Pirates’s first hit and base runner. From that point on the Pirates blooped, seeing eye ground hit, and soft line drived their way to 2 runs. A wild pitch and a force out gave the Pirates another run and a 3-1 lead. The Pirates continued to add on with 1 in the 6th and 4 more in the 7th to seal the win. The Pirates made the most of 9 hits and 3 walks to score 8 runs. Overall, a very nice win for the Pirates to avoid the sweep.
Key Moment of The Game: It was not so much a key moment, but it was the overall ability of the Pirates to extend the lead and turn this into a rare easy victory. Bryse Wilson pitched well for the 5 innings plus, but I thought it was an unnecessary hook for Wilson after he gave up the lead off hit in the 6th. He had thrown only thrown 69 pitches and was still looking very good. However, The Shadow wants to wear out those new members of the bullpen, just as fast as he did with the first half relievers. After all, fair is fair.
Next Game: Late night, Diamondbacks, in Arizona. We will see if this game gives the Pirates any momentum heading into Arizona. It would be nice to see a lineup that does not have a player who is approaching 30 and stinks. I really don’t care if they have a pretty good game or not. This is not helping the players that are going to form the winning core for this team by sitting on the bench. The only way you make progress in baseball is to play. Hopefully management will see the light, but I doubt it.