Final Score: Pirates 4 Diamondbacks 6
Why The Pirates Lost: Dwayne Underwood Junior, who I said I would never write out his name again, was allowed to stay in the game in the bottom of 7th and take a nice pounding. In 1/3 of an inning, he gave up 4 runs, 5 hits, and walked 1 for good measure. Rumor has it that Shelton had to go take a dump between innings, and that was why the bullpen was not up sooner. No more Southwest cuisine for you Shadow. Hopefully we won’t have to go through DUJ pitching next year. I spelled out his name because that performance needed full disclosure. You’re not going to win many games when your 1st two batters and your last 2 batters go 0 for 15. Michael Chavis had a big game in a losing cause with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s. It could have been a winning cause if anyone would have cared enough to take DUJ out of the game after the 2nd hit.
Key Moment of The Game: When Shelton fell asleep at the wheel, again. A top 5 draft choice looks like a lock now.
Next Game: Tonight, Diamondbacks, in Arizona. The Pirates have 52 games left in the season. Since it is obvious that the Pirate management team is continuing to try to lose games, by starting horrible players and not making any in game moves to win games, the report will take a slightly different format. Instead of discussing why the Pirates loss, that can simply be answered by saying because they want to, there will be a new segment, how the 2023 Pirates played. These are the players that are going to lead the Pirates to the promised land next season. This will end any mention of about one third to half the team. From this point on I will only write about players that are going to have an impact on the 2023 season.