Final Score: Pirates 4 Phillies 7
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Six of the 2023 Pirates were in the starting lineup last night. Bryan Reynolds came out of his mini funk by hitting a home run and driving in 2 runs. Rudolfo Castro went 2 for 4 and hit a solo home run. The rest of the group did not fare so well. Jason Delay had a particular bad day at the plate, striking out twice and grounding into a double play, when the Pirates had runners on 1st and 2nd with one out in the top of the 7th. That is the inning that Greg Allan bunted so he could get the feeling of the ball hitting his bat. Ke’ Bryan had a double and Oneil Cruz walked and that was about it for the offense of the 2023 Pirates. Castro was involved in some fielding errors in the first, one physical and one mental. It was just a fair day for the 23 Pirates.
Key Moment of The Game: What a first inning. Bryse Wilson threw 43 pitches and 14 of them were hit for foul balls. Only 8 balls were put in play. That left 20 that were balls or swings and misses. The half inning took 24 minutes to play with no pitching change. It was reported that 10 older fans fell asleep and slipped out of their seats, suffering minor injuries, and 3 wanted their money back. The Pirate defense was terrible, the Phillies scored 4 runs and were headed for a relatively easy victory. I have never been a big Bryse Wilson fan, but he deserved a better fate.
Next Game: Tonight, Phillies in Philadelphia. I do not understand why the Pirates are trying to make Tyler Beede a starter. In June and July as a reliever he pitched 26 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. As a starter in the month of August, he has pitched 12 innings and given up 10 earned runs. I would love to hear the explanation. Just bring somebody up from AAA and give them a shot. I am still waiting for 7 of the 2023 Pirates to start a game. When will Newman or Gamel have “scheduled” day off like the aging Reynolds or Hayes.