Pirates Morning Report: Velasquez, I Was Just Kidding

Final Score: Pirates 5 White Sox 11

Why The Pirates Lost: Another horrendous performance by a free agent Pirate pitcher. Vince Velasquez was only able to go 2 and 2/3rds innings and got racked up for 5 runs, 6 hits, and 4 walks. Near the end it appeared that he might have some kind of physical problem. We can only hope. I was only kidding when I said he hoped the Pirates would score 13 runs again because he was going to need them. The bullpen got touched up pretty good too, as all was right in the world again, with DUJ giving up for 2 runs on 3 hits in just 2/3rds of an inning. All in all, not a good day for the Pirate pitching staff, giving up 11 runs on 14 hits and 6 walks, while only striking out 6. The Pirate bats did not have all that bad of a day getting 5 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks. Rodolfo Castro came out of his funk somewhat getting 2 hits in 3 at bats. In 2 games the Pirates have given up 20 runs but are 1-1.

Key Moment Of The Game: The bottom of the third and the score was 2-1 in favor of the White Sox, but 2 were out, with a runner on second. Then Velasquez went viral. Walk, Walk, Wild Pitch to let a run in. A single to center field scored 2 more runs and before you knew it was 5-1 White Sox. Velasquez gave up another walk and he was off to the showers. Bryce Wilson where are you? The Pirates got as close as 6-4 but then the bullpen got lit up in the 7th for 5 more runs and it was over baby, with the Pirates falling to 5-3

Next Game: This Afternoon, White Sox, in Pittsburgh. It will be a rubber match with Johan Oviedo making his second start of the year. The Pirate bats seem to be coming alive and now the pitching has gone south a little bit, but most of that has been from the free agent pitchers Rich Hill and Velasquez. It is early in the season, but I have a lot more confidence that Hill will right the ship. Velasquez is a whole different story, as I do not know if there is any ship there to begin with. With the Astros coming to town, it sure would be nice to get the win today.

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