Final Score: Pirates 3 Diamondbacks 8
Why The Pirates Lost: A combination of silent bats and another bullpen failure, namely Robert Stephenson, that led to this defeat. The Pirates had 3 runs, 3 hits, and 3 errors. Roansy Contreras pitched 5 innings giving up 3 runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 3. Not everything was 3. The Pirate pitchers managed to throw 5 wild pitches and the bullpen gave up 5 runs in 4 innings. Throwing the ball was a big problem for everybody, as all 3 errors were throwing errors. The Pirate batters did not get a hit after the 5th inning. The top 5 in the batting order went 0 for 17. This game was one of the more discouraging games the Pirates played. They tied it up in the 5th, but the game went quickly downhill from there and they spiraled downward to 24-22
Key Moment Of The Game: Going into the 7th the Pirates only trailed 4-3. Rob Zastryzny was on the mound. After a single and a wild pitch, what else, the Diamondbacks sacrificed the runner to third. Zastryzny got the next batter to pop out. Then the Shadow made his next move bringing in Robert Stephenson for the second straight game in a key situation, despite the fact that he got lit up the day before. However, as Greg Brown pointed out Ketel Marte was 0 for 6 against Stephenson. Big whoop. Showing that a small sample size means nothing, Martel ripped a single to right field to score the 5th run. Then for good measure Stephenson walked the next batter, gave up a double to make the score 7-3 and the game was over. Hopefully, we won’t see Stephenson at all during the Ranger series.
Next Game: Tonight, Rangers in Pittsburgh. Things do not get any easier with the Western Division leading Texas Rangers coming to town. Luis Ortiz takes the hill for the Pirates, and he has had a couple of rough outings in his first 2 appearances of the season. There is no question that the last 2 games were disappointing. The offense went back in hibernation, the defense was shoddy, and the bullpen got rocked. The Pirates will have to dig deep even to have a .500 homestand.