Final Score: Pirates 3 Giants 5
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Right off the bat, Bryan Reynold had a horrible game. Misjudged a fly ball that cost the Pirates a run and was 0 for 5 with 3 strike outs. Wow! Other than that, it was a pretty good day for the 2023 team. The trio of Marcano, Cruz, and Castro, went 4 for 11 with one walk, and made some excellent defensive plays. Cruz had a particular good game with the bat, getting a home run and a triple and did not contribute to the Pirates 10 strike out performance. Chavis had a tough game at the plate and overall, the Pirates were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. The bullpen did an ok job but gave up a big run in the 8th after there were 2 outs.
Key Moment of The Game: The Pirates had 1st and 2nd with no one out in the top of the 8th with Rudolfo Castro coming to bat who had homer and tripled earlier. Then Shelton decided to have him bunt. Why, as I always say, only The Shadow knows. Even though it was a pretty good bunt the Giant’s pitcher made a nice play and got the lead runner at third. The was just part of a gift wrapped win that the Pirates just handed the Giants. It was one of the dumbest moves Shelton made all year and he has made a ton of them. Are the Pirates aware of any analytics? Who the hell knows?
Next Game: Tonight, Giants in San Franscico. The Pirates are making sure that a top 5 draft pick will be theirs next year. Shelton is the perfect manager if you want to lose games. The starting lineup tonight should be another gem.