Pirate Morning Report, Hard Luck Day For 2023 Pirates

Final Score: Pirates 3 Mets 4

How The 2023 Pirates Did: Mitch Keller pitched a pretty good game and deserved a better fate. Ben Gamel runs in the outfield like he has a brick in each back pocket. It was his lack of hustle or inabilities that allowed the Mets to score from first base on a routine single. Granted the runner broke on the pitch, but Gamel went after the ball like he was trying to keep from crapping his pants. Could Gamel please just DH the rest of the season. Keller’s final line was 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, striking out 6, while throwing 84 pitches. He could have come out for the 7th but did not. Oneil Cruz really had an up and down day. He hit a home run in the top of the 8th with a man on to close the gap to 4-3 but had an uneven day in the field, that helped the Mets score the 4th and deciding run. Cruz came within about a yard of hitting another home run in the top of the 5th with 2 runners on base that could have changed the outcome the game. Chavis, Mitchell and Castro each got 1 hit, with Chavis driving in the other run. It was a tough hard luck loss for the Pirates last night that sent their record down to 7-8.

Key Moment of The Game: Other than the Daniel, The Turtle, Vogelbach home run all the other Met’s runs scored with help from the Pirates. Even though I thought it was a tough error on Cruz because the ball took a weird hop, it is still a ball that he probably should have handled. Bryan Reynolds did not prepare himself well to make a throw to the plate on a relatively short fly ball by Pete Alonzo. The fact of the matter was the Pirates were not sharp defensively and it cost them 3 runs. Even though luck was not in their corner last night, the young Buccos were their own worst enemy.

Next Game: Tonight, Mets in New York. Pirates did have a bit of a moral victory last night as they struck out only 7 times. I felt they were more aggressive at the plate and although they only got 5 hits, I still thought they looked a lot better. Hopefully, they will continue that kind of attitude at the plate tonight with better results.

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