Final Score: Pirates 3 Red Sox 8
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Roansy Contreras did not have his best start after his stay down in AAA. His command was not good and really did not seem to have his strike out pitch going. He did go 6innings giving up 4 runs, 6 hits, 4 walks, but looked strong at the end. Two more pitchers like him and Pirates would be formidable. Only 5 of the 2023 Pirates started the game. Bryan Reyolds had a good game going 2 for 4, hitting his 18th homer of the year and driving in 2 runs. The bullpen was mediocre, but the good news is that none of them should be pitching for the Pirates in 2023. It’s not often you see a pitcher who gives up 3 runs, 3 hits, and 2 walks in one inning, does a chest pump after the inning. Where do the Pirates find all these awful left-handed relievers? They must have some amazing scouts.
Key Moment of The Game: The Pirate pitching staff issuing 7 walks. One walk was intentional, but 3 of the other 6 walks scored and the 4th forced in a run with the bases loaded. An early Christmas for the Red Sox, as the Pirates help another team get to .500 ball.
Next Game: Tonight, Red Sox in Pittsburgh. In just 2 games Kevin Padlo has established that he can’t hit, can’t field, and can’t run. Expect him to start the next 7 games at least. In 7 at bats, he has accounted for 8 outs. Who cares about giving the young Pirates playing experience. You can learn by simply watching. I am waiting for at least 7 of the 2023 Pirates to start a game. So far, the most has been 6. Last night it was only 5. What the Pirates should do is sign about 5 more players that are garbage, send the rest of the young players down, and even be more obvious about trying to lose games. Maybe then there will be an investigation.