Pirates Morning Report

FINAL SCORE: PIRATES 5 NATIONALS 3

WHY THE PIRATES WON: DESPITE ANOTHER BIZZAR STARTING LINE UP, THE PIRATES WON BECAUSE OF SOME TIMELY HITTING, A WIDE STRIKE ZONE BY THE HOME PLATE UMP AND ANOTHER SHUT DOWN PERFORMANCE BY THE BULLPEN. MICHAEL CHAVIS HAD ANOTHER GREAT GAME. THEY OVERCAME ANOTHER BASERUNNING BLUNDER AND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND THEY HAD 1ST AND 3RD AND NOBODY OUT AND FAILED TO SCORE. IT WAS NOT THE GREATEST PERFORMANCE BUT QUINTANA HUNG IN THERE THROUGH 4 INNINGS GIVING UP 3 RUNS WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH WORSE.

KEY PLAYS OF THE GAME: YOU COULD SAY THE PIRATES WON THIS GAME BY A HALF STEP AND A HALF A HAND. THE HALF A HAND WAS HOW MUCH JOSH BELL WAS OUT AT HOME PLATE IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH, WHICH COST THE NATIONALS A RUN. THE HALF OF STEP WAS HOW MUCH YOSHI TSUTSUGO WAS SAFE AT FIRST WHICH ALLOWED THE PIRATES TO SCORE A RUN, WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE GAME.

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WIN: THIS WAS THE PIRATES FIRST SERIES WIN IN OVER A YEAR. LAST YEAR, THEY WERE THE FIRST TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY TO GO AN ENTRIRE SEASON AND NEVER WIN A SERIES. THEY ENDED THAT STREAK YESTERDAY.

NEXT GAME: TONIGHT, THE BREWERS IN MILWAUKEE. WILL WE SEE THE A TEAM? HIGHLY UNLIKELY BUT POSSIBLE, SINCE THE OLD MEN REYNOLDS AND HAYES ARE NICE AND RESTED.

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