Final Score: Pirates 1 Mets 7
How The 2023 Pirates Did: Whew! The only Pirates to get hits were Bryan Reynolds and Michael Chavis with 2 each and they “only” struck out once each. There were 6 batters who went 0 for 23 with 14 strikeouts. They looked even worse doing it. Cal Mitchell walked twice and did not strike out. Congratulations Cal. Gamel and Suwinski never put a ball in play. Cruz put one ball in play in 4 at bats. All in all, it was one of the most pathetic offensive nights for the Pirates in a long time. They took a lot of strikes early in the count and then swung at pitches that were not even close to the strike zone to end the at bat. I do not know how they could even look at those I pads. What made the night even worse, The Turtle went 2 for 2 with 3 RBI’s. J. T. Brubaker got rocked in 3 innings work and then left the game with right lat discomfort. It says he is day to day. I am willing to bet it will be more like 140 days when spring training opens, before he will throw another pitch in a Pirate uniform. The 2023 Pirates record dropped to 7-7 and they should be charged with 2 losses after that performance
Key Moment of The Game: Anytime a Pirates grabbed a bat and came to the plate. It meant the game was a lot closer to being over. The last 17 batters went down in order to end the game. The Turtles 2 out hit in the 1st that drove in 2 runs, got the Mets rolling and they were never threatened.
Next Game: Tonight, Mets in New York. There is a rumor that Nutting made the Pirates travel from Cincinnati to New York in school buses that were found in a junk yard near Great American Ball Park. The ride was so bumpy it left many Pirates sore and exhausted. Nutting has denied the rumor saying they were not found in a junk yard. He said he rented them from a local school district so they could use the money to improve their sport fields. Hopefully, a more well rested Pirate team will be able to make contact with the ball a little more often.