Final Score: Pirates 0 Blue Jays 4
How The 2023 Pirates Did: They went up against one of the better pitchers in the league in Alek Manoah who is sporting an ERA+ of 158 and a WHIP of 1.01. Jack Suwinski had a decent game going 2 for 4, as did Cal Mitchell going 1 for 2 with a walk. The rest of the group could not figure out Mr. Manoah going a nice round 0 for 20, striking out 9 times. Castro and Reynolds struck out 3 times each. Despite the lack of success, I did like the Pirates aggressiveness at the plate in certain innings. Manoah was throwing strikes and the Pirates went after them, but just did not get the results. They played good defense, and they had a couple of opportunities in in the 2nd, 3rd, and the 7th but could not get the big hit. All in all, not a good day for the 2023 Pirates as they went up against a very good team and pitcher.
Key Moment of The Game: When Alek Manoah took the mound. He was in command from the very beginning of the game. The Pirates kept the game close with some great defensive plays. Chase DeJong got out of a big jam in the top of the 8th. The Blue Jays had 1st and 3rd with no outs and then the bases loaded with one out, but Dejong got a short fly ball to center field, a strike out, and a fly out to left to hold the score at 2-0. Even though this was a loss, the 2023 Pirates showed some grit that the 29- to 30-year-old rejects lack.
Next Game: Tonight, Blue Jays in Pittsburgh. This is the Hall of Fame induction night and who ever elected this team had a big miss by not putting Bob Friend on the inaugural team. The man pitched 15 years for the Pirates and threw 3480 innings. He had a lifetime ERA+ of 108, Fielding Independent Pitching of 3.33, and WHIP of 1.287. His W-L record was 191-218 but he pitched on the early 50’s teams that were as bad as the 2022 Pirates. I know that is hard to believe, but it’s true. He was a main cog of the 1960 World Champions and was a pitching work horse 2nd to none. This was just a huge oversight, and just shows how little the electors knew about Pirate history. Then I have one final question that I might have missed on the telecast last night. Is Michael McHenry’s baby due in November or December?