Pirates Morning Report: Back To Reality

Final Score: Pirates 0 Astros 7

Why The Pirates Loss: No runs and only 3 hits is never going to win any game. There were a lot of line drives that were caught, and no bloops found any holes yesterday. The Pirates were not destined to win this game. Rich Hill looked like the reincarnation of Cy Young, compared with his previous 2 starts. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs, on 5 hits, 2 walks, while striking out no one. Hopefully he can build on this performance. The bullpen got racked up in this game. Dauri Moreta had his first bad outing of the season giving up 3 runs, on 3 hits, including a home run, walking 2 and only getting 1 out. Chase De Jong gave up the other 2 runs but at least it took him 1 and 2/3 innings to do it. Rodolfo Castro did not play so the Pirates made no errors. A game to quickly put behind you.

Key Moment Of The Game: The bad 7th inning by Moreta, who had been so effective up to this point. When Alex Bregman hit the 3 run homer, on a pitch that was about as center cut as a pitch could be, to make the score 5-0, Astros, you knew the game was over. No miracles yesterday as the Pirates fall to 7-5

Next Game: Tonight the Cardinals, in St. Louis. Vince Velasquez starts for the Pirates. I see no hope for this guy, but I hope I am wrong. After we go to St. Louis, we are headed for Colorado which is always a tough place to play. It would be nice to see them go 3-4 on this trip which would keep them one game above .500. There is no question this is a tough stretch of games coming up. We will see if this team can keep the vibe going.

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