Final Score: Pirates 0 Diamondbacks 3
Why The Pirates Lost: The bats were very quiet again, in fact they barely made a sound. The Pirates struck out 11 times, managed only 3 singles, and it was a clinic on how to make soft contact. The “bullpen game” fared better giving up only 3 runs but it was not enough. The only good news of the day was that Oneil Cruz did not strike out last night. It’s a shame when you bring in 2 pinch hitters to the plate and neither one of them are hitting over .185, why bother. Of course, they both struck out. A basic, lack luster game for the Pirates. Ke’Bryan Hayes got a scheduled rest day to help his tired old body. Seemed like the entire team took the night off, so they should be ready tonight. The Pirates made some hesitations on some throws that possibly could have kept the Diamondbacks off the board. In the end, I don’t think the Pirates would have scored a run last night, even with the extra inning rule.
Key Moment of The Game: With score 1-0 Diamondbacks, Bryan Reynolds drew a one out walk, in the top of the 7th. Ben Gamel hit a blooper out to center that dropped in and was deflected by centerfielder Alek Thomas. Reynolds had a difficult read but once the ball was dropped, he headed for third. There was hesitation, but that was before the catch. The ball was picked up by Dalton Varsho, who made a perfect throw to nail Reynolds at third. Despite what the Pirate broadcast booth said, this was more of a great throw by Varsho, than a base running gaffe by Reynolds. The Pirates make enough blunders, but this was not one of them.
The Next Game: Tonight, Diamondbacks in Arizona. The good news is that the Diamondbacks just about have as much trouble scoring runs as the Pirates. Hopefully we will show a little more life than last night. A well-rested Hayes should have at least 4 hits tonight with 2 Home Runs.