Final Score: Pirates 0 Phillies 6
How The 2023 Pirates Did: They only had 5 players in the starting lineup, and no one really distinguished themselves. Reynolds and Hayes were particularly bad at the plate going 0 for 8 with 4 strike outs. Marcano, Madris, and Cruz each got a hit, but no one really hit the ball hard. Beede continued to show that he should never start a game, but I am sure he will. The only good thing was that believe it or not the left-hand relievers CAME ALIVE. They faced 6 batters and struck out 5, HOLY SWING AND A MISS. See, when your behind 6-0 it’s easy to throw that ball over the plate with some movement.
Key Moment of The Game: If the Pirates had any chance of getting back in the game it ended in the top of the 5th when they got the first two batters on base with nobody out. Tyler Heineman made an out which you would expect. Then Kevin Newman came to the plate and had the typical Pirate at bat. Took the first pitch right down the middle for a strike. I mean it split the plate right in half from top to bottom. Then he shockingly took a ball. Then he fouled off a ball that was 6 inches above the ground, where he obviously thought his knees were. Then he finished off this great at bat, by swinging at a ball that was a foot outside, for strike 3. Bryan Reynolds ended the inning, with an equally bad at bat, by striking out. Unfortunately, this did not end the game. The Pirates had to come to bat 4 more innings and looked just like fools, getting one lucky double and a walk. For the game they struck out 12 times. They made Kyle Gibson look like Bob.
Next Game: This afternoon, Phillies in Philadelphia. We at least get to see Contreras today and maybe 7 or more of the 2023 Pirates in the starting lineup. Seven straight losses, and we are now only 2 ahead of the A’s. If we fall behind them, we will get the 2nd pick in the draft next year. We are solidifying are chances by picking up another slug off waivers, to put in the bullpen. There really should be an investigation but even though it seems obvious, it would be hard to prove that the Pirates are losing on purpose. Unfortunately, this will pay off in the long run. Major League Baseball only has itself to blame.