Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE GAME 1: PIRATES 2 REDS 9

WHY THE PIRATES LOSS: THE PIRATE BATTERS REFUSED TO SWING AT STRIKES WHEN IT COUNTED AND THE PIRATE PITCHERS REFUSED TO THROW STRIKES WHEN IT COUNTED. WILL CROWE HIT THE FIRST BATTER HE FACED IN THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH, WALKED TWO MORE, BEFORE GIVING UP A CATCHABLE DOUBLE TO START THE ONSLAUGHT OF A 7 RUN INNING FOR THE HAPLESS REDS. THE PIRATE DEFENSE CONTINUED TO BE VERY BAD. THIS WAS A GIFT-WRAPPED WIN FOR THE REDS.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES HAD THE BASES LOADED AND NOBODY OUT IN THE TOP OF THE EIGHTH, WITH THE 3,4,5 HITTERS COMING TO PLATE. KE’BRYAN HAYES TOOK TWO STRIKES BEFORE STRIKING OUT ON A BALL. THE TURTLE TOOK TWO STRIKES BEFORE STRIKING OUT ON A BALL. MICHAEL CHAVIS TOOK 2 STRIKES, BUT AT LEAST THE PITCH HE SWUNG AND MISSED, WAS IN THE STRIKE ZONE. THE PIRATE BATTERS DID NOT SWING AT SIX PITCHES IN THE STRIKE ZONE WITH THE BASES LOADED. THEY DESERVED THE CATASTOPHIC BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH.

FINAL SCORE GAME 2: PIRATES 8 REDS 5

WHY THE PIRATES WON: THEY SAVED THEMSELVES FROM THE EMBARRASSMENT OF LOSING A DOUBLE HEADER TO THE REDS BY BRINGING OUT THE LONG BALL. THEY HIT 3 HOME RUNS IN THE FIRST INNING TO SCORE 4 RUNS AND YOU COULD SAY THEY NEVER LOOKED BACK. MITCH KELLER COULD NOT PUT TWO GOOD STARTS TOGETHER AND HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO SO SINCE THE BEGINNING OF 2021. BEN GAMEL ADDED A 2 RUN HOMER TO HIGHLIGHT A 3 RUN FIFTH BUT THE REDS CAME BACK WITH 3 IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH TO MAKE THE SCORE 7-5 AT THAT POINT. THE BULLPEN CAME THROUGH, THE PIRATES ADDED ANOTHE RUN IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH FOR A RELAVTIVELY STRESS FREE WIN.

KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME: THIS WAS NOT REALLY THE KEY MOMENT OF THE GAME, BUT IT WAS THE BEST MOMENT. WITH TWO OUT IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH AND THE TURTLE ON FIRST BASE, JACK SUWINSKI HIT A LINE SHOT DOUBLE DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE. WITH THE TURTLE HUFFING AND PUFFING LIKE A STEAM ENGINE JUST ABOUT TO RUN OUT OF WATER, HE SCORED ALL THE WAY FROM FIRST FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN HIS CAREER. HIS SLIDE INTO HOME WAS PRICELESS, JUST COMING UP SHORT, BUT HIS MOMEMTUM CARRIED HIM ONTO THE PLATE, TO SCORE THE EIGHTH PIRATE RUN. IT WAS A CLASSIC.

NEXT GAME: REDS TODAY IN CINCINNATI HOPEFULLY THE PIRATES CAN WIN THE SERIES AGAINST THIS PATHETIC TEAM. LET’S HOPE THE STARTING LINE UP IS NOT WORSE THAN USUAL. ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. WE DO SEEM TO BE PLAYING OUTFIELDERS NOW.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE GAME 1: PIRATES 2 TIGERS 3

WHY THE PIRATES LOSS: THE LINE UP CARD, AS SHELTON CONTINUES TO PLAY INFERIOR PLAYERS. THE PIRATES CAN TALK ALL THEY WANT ABOUT PLAYER DEVELOPEMENT BUT YOU CAN NOT IMPROVE YOUR GAME IF YOU DON’T PLAY. SHODDY DEFENSE SPOILED SOME GREAT PITCHING FROM DILLON PETERS AND BRYCE WILSON AND THE INABILITY OF THE PIRATE BATTERS TO GET A RUNNER HOME FROM THIRD WITH ONE OUT IN THE FIFTH PROVED COSTLY. FROM THAT POINT ON THE PIRATE’S BATS WENT COMPLETELY DEAD.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: WITH 2 OUT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH, THE TIGERS HAD RUNNERS ON 2ND AND 3RD, WHEN A GROUND BALL TO KE’BRYAN HAYES WAS PLAYED SO BADLY, THAT HE MANAGED TO THROW THE BALL BACKWARDS INTO LEFT FIELD WHICH ALLOWED BOTH RUNNERS TO SCORE AND THE TIGERS TOOK THE LEAD 3-2. THE PIRATES NEVER GOT A RUNNER ON BASE IN THE NEXT 4 INNINGS.

FINAL SCORE GAME 2: PIRATES 7 TIGERS 2

WHY THE PIRATES WON: THIS TIME THE A TEAM PLAYED AND THE PIRATES WON THE GAME RATHER HANDILY. THE HOME RUN BALL APPEARED AND THE PIRATES ADDED ON IN THE 8TH TO SEAL THE DEAL. EVEN THOUGH HE ONLY WENT 5 INNINGS, JOSE QUINTANA HAD ANOTHER SOLID PITCHING PERFORMANCE. QUINTANA, BY FAR, HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSISTANT PIRATE STARTER. THEY WERE ABLE TO OVERCOME SOME MORE BAD DEFENSIVE PLAY.

THE KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH BRYAN REYNOLDS GOT A BLOOP DOUBLE AFTER A BEN GAMEL WALK, TO PUT RUNNERS ON SECOND AND THIRD WITH NO ONE OUT. FROM THAT POINT, THE PIRATES WERE ABLE TO SCORE BOTH RUNS WITHOUT GETTING A HIT. A WILD PITCH SCORED GAMEL AND MOVED REYNOLDS TO THIRD. A SACRIFICE FLY BY THE TURTLE SCORED REYNOLDS AND THE PIRATES HAD A 4-2 LEAD.

NEXT GAME: FRIDAY, REDS IN CINCINNATI THE REDS HAVE ONLY WON 3 OUT OF 24 GAMES THIS YEAR. THEY HAVE TAKEN TANKING TO A NEW LEVEL AND HAVE CAUGHT THE PIRATES TOTALLY OFF GUARD IN THEIR QUEST FOR THE NO. 1 PICK NEXT YEAR. THE PIRATES COULD PUT THE B TEAM OUT THERE FOR ALL THREE GAMES TO HELP THE REDS OUT, ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

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FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 PADRES 5

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: IT BEGAN WITH THE LINE UP CARD AND WENT DOWN HILL FROM THERE. THIS TEAM DID NOT FIELD WELL, HAD VERY POOR BASE RUNNING AND THE BULLPEN DID NOT PERFORM WELL, PARTICULARLY IN THE NINTH INNING. A SOLID PERFORMANCE BY MITCH KELLER WAS WASTED, AS SHELTON CHOSE NOT TO PLAY CHAVIS AND CASTILLO. THIS TEAM IS BEGINNING TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE NO BASEBALL SENSE, EVEN FROM THEIR BETTER PLAYERS.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES LOADED THE BASES WITH NOBODY OUT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH. FINALLY, MICHAEL CHAVIS GOT INTO THE GAME, AND HIT A SACRIFICE FLY, TO BRING THE PIRATES WITHIN ONE RUN. HOWEVER, WHEN THE THROW CAME ALL THE WAY TO THE PLATE, NEITHER OF THE TWO PIRATE RUNNERS ADVAN CED TO THIRD AND SECOND, WHICH THEY COULD OF DONE EASILY. DIEGO CASTILLO PINCH HIT NEXT AND HIT INTO AN INNING ENDING DOUBLE PLAY, WHICH WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE, IF THE RUNNERS HAD MOVED UP. IF THE PADRES HAD PLAYED THE INFIELD IN, IT MAY HAVE GONE FOR A HIT AND PUT THE PIRATES IN THE LEAD

NEXT GAME: TUESDAY IN DETROIT. ITS HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT THE PIRATES ARE GOING TO PLAY FIVE GAMES ON THE ROAD AGAINST TEAMS WITH A WORSE RECORD THAN THEIRS. IT WILL TAKE ALL OF SHELTON’S IMAGINATION TO COME UP WITH LINE UPS THAT CAN LOSE TO THESE TEAMS, BUT I AM SURE HE WILL BE UP TO THE TASK. I CAN’T WAIT.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 7 PADRES 6 IN 10 INNINGS

WHY THE PIRATES WON: THE PIRATES BATS CAME ALIVE AND MICHAEL CHAVIS HIT A HOME RUN TO TIE THE GAME 5-5 IN THE EIGHTH. THE BULLPEN WAS LESS THAN STELLAR BUT THE PIRATES DID GET A FAIR START FROM J. T. BRUBAKER GOING FIVE INNINGS AND GIVING UP A THREE RUN HOMER TO ERIC HOSMER. THE PIRATES WINNING RUN SCORED, THANKS TO THE SAME HOSMER’S THREE BASE ERROR, WHICH ALLOWED KE’BRYAN HAYES TO SCORE FROM FIRST BASE.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE PIRATES TIED THE GAME 3-3 IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH WHEN BRYAN REYNOLD’S DOUBLE PLAY BALL WAS NOT TURNED BY THE PADRES, BECAUSE OF A BIZARRE SPIN MOVE, BY PADRE SHORTSTOP HA-SEONG KIM. IF THEY TURN THE DP, LIKE THEY SHOULD HAVE, THE RUN DOES NOT SCORE AND THE GAME WOULD NOT HAVE GONE INTO EXTRA INNINGS. THE FINAL WOULD HAVE BEEN 5-4 PADRES.

NEXT GAME: TODAY PADRES AT PITTSBURGH. PIRATES WERE ABLE TO SNAP THE FOUR GAME LOSING STREAK THANKS TO SOME SHODDY PADRE DEFENSE. THE SUNDAY STARTING LINE UP MAY GUARANTEE THE START OF ANOTHER LOSING STREAK. ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 3 PADRES 7

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: BAD PITCHING THROUGHOUT THE GAME WAS THE MAIN REASON THE PIRATES LOST. ZACH THOMPSON,EVEN THOUGH HE GAVE UP ONLY THREE HITS, STILL SURRENDERED FOUR RUNS IN FOUR AND A THIRD INNINGS. RELIEVERS FLETCHER, HEMBREE AND SAM (I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE HELL I’M DOING) HOWARD, EACH GAVE UP A RUN, IN AN INNING OR LESS OF WORK. THE PIRATES COULD ONLY MUSTER THREE RUNS ON TEN HITS AND TWO WALKS. NEEDLESS TO SAY THEY WERE NOT VERY CLUTCH.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE KE’BRYAN HAYES HOT SHOT UP THE MIDDLE THAT BOUNCED OFF YU DARVISH SO HARD THAT MANNY MACHADO WAS ABLE TO THROW HAYES OUT AT FIRST BASE. EVEN THOUGH THE PIRATES DID SCORE THEIR THIRD RUN IN THAT INNING TO MAKE THE SCORE FOUR TO THREE, THIS PREVENTED THE PIRATES FROM POSSIBLY HAVING A BIG INNING.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT PADRES IN PITTSBURGH. THE PIRATES ARE ON A FOUR GAME SKID WHICH I AM SURE IS MAKING MANAGEMENT HAPPY RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE HEADING IN THE DIRECTION THEY WANT.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 2 BREWERS 3

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THE BATS HAD ANOTHER QUIET DAY AS THE PIRATES COULD ONLY COLLECT SIX HITS AND ONLY ONE OF THEM WAS AN EXTRA BASE HIT. THE BREWERS DID NOT WALK A BATTER. STRATTON FAILED TO HOLD THE LEAD IN THE NINTH BUT THE WINNING HIT BY MCCUTCHEN COULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT. QUINTANA HAD ANOTHER SOLID START STRIKING OUT NINE WITH NO WALKS AND GIVING UP ONLY ONE RUN IN FIVE INNINGS.

THE KEY PLAY: THE MCCUTCHEN HIT TO GIVE THE BREWERS THE LEAD WITH WITH ONE OUT IN THE NINTH. THE PIRATES WENT QUIETLY IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT PADRES IN PITTSBURGH. INDEED IT LOOKS LIKE THE BREWERS HAVE THE PIRATES NUMBER THIS YEAR. THEY DID BOUNCE BACK FROM THE FIRST SWEEP IN MILWAUKEE. WE WILL SEE WHAT THEY CAN DO AGAINST THE PADRES. IT IS TIME TO MAKE BEDNAR THE CLOSER. STRATTON IS JUST TOO INCONSISTENT.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 1 BREWERS 3

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TYPE OF GAME, WHERE NEITHER TEAM COULD HIT, THE PIRATES TURNED IT INTO AN ART FORM, GETTING ONLY ONE HIT AND SCORING THEIR ONLY RUN ON A DOUBLE PLAY BALL. THE DEFENSE ALLOWED THE TYING RUN TO SCORE. SAM HOWARD SHOWED EVERYBODY HOW NOT TO PITCH. COMING ON IN THE TOP OF THE NINTH WITH ONE OUT, HE PROMPTLY HIT THE FIRST BATTER, GETS ONE OUT, THEN WALKS THE NEXT 3 BATTERS TO MAKE THE SCORE 3-1. WHY HE WAS ALLOWED TO WALK THAT MANY BATTERS IN A ROW IN A CLOSE GAME, ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS. JOSH HADER PITCHED THE NINTH FOR THE BREWERS, WHILE OUR TOP TWO RELIEVERS SAT COMFORTABLY IN BULLPEN OF A ONE RUN GAME. ONE TEAM TRYING TO WIN GAMES AND ANOTHER TEAM NOT. I’LL LET YOU GUESS

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: TOP OF THE SIXTH, THE PIRATES HAD FIRST AND THIRD WITH NOBODY OUT AND KE’BRYAN HAYES GROUNDED INTO A SPECTACULAR DOUBLE PLAY. EVEN THOUGH RUNS WERE HARD TO COME BY, THE BREWERS WERE WILLING TO GIVE UP THE RUN, BECAUSE THEY KNEW THE MOVES THAT SHELTON WAS GOING TO DO THE REST OF THE GAME.

NEXT GAME: TODAY, BREWERS IN PITTSBURGH. THIS LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THOSE YEARS THAT THE BREWERS COULD BE DOMINATING THE PIRATES. THEY HAVE HAPPENED BEFORE. LAST NIGHTS LINE UP LOOKED GOOD ON PAPER BUT DID NOT WORK OUT. TODAYS SHOULD BE INTERESTING.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 8 BREWERS 12

WHY THE PIRATES LOSS: ANOTHER DREADFUL STARTING PITCHER PERFORMANCE AND A RARE BULLPEN MELTDOWN, ALTHOUGH YOU COULD SAY IT WAS THE B SQUAD. AMONG THE FIVE STARTERS, ONLY JOSE QUINTANA HAS AN ERA OF UNDER 6. MITCH KELLER LAST NIGHT, IN 4 AND 2/3 INNINGS, GAVE UP FIVE HITS, FOUR RUNS, WALKED TW O, AND THREW SEVENTY FIVE PITCHES, ONLY STRIKING OUT ONE, WHEW. THE PIRATES BATS WERE HOT, BUT THEY COULD NOT OVERCOME THIS BAD OF PITCHING AND SOME SHODDY DEFENSE.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE WIILY ADAMES THREE RUN HOMER IN THE TOP OF THE SIXTH WITH TWO OUTS,TO CAP A SIX RUN INNING. THIS GAVE THE BREWERS A 10-4 LEAD, RIGHT AFTER THE PIRATES BATTLED BACK FROM A 4-1 DEFICIT TO TIE THE GAME. THIS PRETTY MUCH WRAPPED UP THE GAME.

NEXT GAME: BREWERS TONIGHT IN PITTSBURGH. WITH PLAYERS HAVING COVID SHELTON WILL HAVE FREE REIGN TO MAKE THE MOST ABSURD STARTING LINE UP AND IN GAME MOVES YET. THE CONTRAST WAS OBVIOUS LAST NIGHT. ONE TEAM TRYING TO WIN, THE OTHER TEAM NOT SO MUCH. THE BREWERS BROUGHT JOSH HADER IN TO FACE ONE BATTER TO MAKE SURE THEY DID NOT BLOW A FOUR RUN LEAD.

Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 4 CUBS 3

WHY THE PIRATES WON: SAME OLD STORY, ANOTHER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY THE BULLPEN, ALTHOUGH THIS TIME THEY MADE IT INTERESTING. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH THE CUBS HAD FIRST AND THIRD WITH NO ONE OUT AND FAILED TO SCORE. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH THEY HAD SECOND AND THIRD AND ONE OUT AND AGAIN COULD NOT PUSH THE TYING RUN ACROSS. THE PIRATES WON THE GAME DESPITE BEING OUT HIT 10 TO 6 , ALTHOUGH THEY OUT WALKED THE CUBS 7 TO 4. THE PIRATES SCORED 3 OF THEIR 4 RUNS AFTER 2 WERE OUT. THE CUBS MADE A COSTLY ERROR IN THE TOP OF THE FOURTH WHICH GAVE THE PIRATES THEIR 4TH AND DECIDING RUN. IN THE THREE WINS IN CHICAGO, THE PIRATES GRABBED THEIR FINAL LEAD IN THE 4TH AND 5TH INNINGS, AND HELD ON TO IT FOR ALL 3 GAMES. THE PIRATES WON THEIR SECOND SERIES OF THE YEAR, WHICH IS TWO MORE THAN LAST YEAR. THE PIRATES DID THIS WITH BRYAN REYNOLDS MIRED IN A BAD SLUMP.

KEY PLAY OF THE GAME: THE FINAL 2 STRIKE OUTS BY DAVID BEDNAR IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH WITH THE TYING RUN ON THIRD AND THE WINNING RUN ON SECOND. YOU JUST GOT THE FEELING THAT THIS MIGHT BE A WALK OFF WIN FOR THE CUBS, BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE.

NEXT GAME: TUESDAY BREWERS IN PITTSBURGH. WITH A FULL 48 HOURS TO THINK ABOUT IT YOU CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF STARTING LINE UP SHELTON WILL THINK UP, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THERE ARE ONLY 3 OUTFIELDERS ON THE TEAM. SOME HOW THE PIRATES ARE AT .500, AFTER 16 GAMES. HOW LONG CAN THIS GO ON? WHO KNOWS, ONLY THE SHELTON KNOWS.

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FINAL SCORE: PITTSBURGH 0 CHICAGO 21

WHY THE PIRATES LOST: THEY SHOWED UP BUT TOOK THE DAY OFF. IN A GAME LIKE THIS, THERE IS NO KEY PLAY OF THE GAME. HOWEVER, LEAVE IT TO THE PIRATE ANNOUNCERS, MAINLY GREG BROWN, TO BRING THE GAME DOWN TO AN EVEN LOWER LEVEL. WHEN MIGUEL YAJURE, WHO IS OFF TO A BAD START THIS YEAR, WAS GETTING PUMMELLED FOR 7 RUNS IN 2 AND 1/3, GREG BROWN DECIDED TO MENTION THAT THE PIRATES LIKE ALL MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS WERE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT THE ROSTER TO 26 PLAYERS. HE THEN SAID THAT THE PIRATES WOULD BE SENDING DOWN ONE OF THEIR PITCHERS. TALK ABOUT KICKING SOMEONE WHEN THEY ARE DOWN. MY THOUGHT AT THAT TIME WAS, TOO BAD THE PIRATES ARE NOT CUTTING DOWN ON ANNOUNCERS ON MAY 2ND, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE GREG BROWN LEAVE THE BOOTH. THE BIGGEST SHILL THE PIRATES HAVE, JUST SAID I GUESS IT’S OBVIOUS WHO THEY SHOULD CUT, WITHOUT HAVING ENOUGH GUTS TO ACTUALLY SAY HIS NAME. WHAT A CHICKEN SHIT. THAT GOD FOR DVR SO I GET TO LISTEN TO THOSE GUYS AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

THE NEXT GAME: TODAY CUBS IN CHICAGO. MAYBE WE WILL GET 3 OF THE FOUR OUTFIELDERS IN THE STARTING LINE UP. BEING A SUNDAY GAME, LET’S HOPE THAT THE PIRATES DON’T DEEM THIS ANOTHER DAY OF REST. DESPITE THE HORRIFIC LOSS, THEY CAN WIN THE SERIES.

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