Sunday, July 12, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours

What can be said about the Pirates loss last night to the Phillies? A lot can be said actually. Why is Matt Capps allowed to throw 33 pitches and give up five runs on six hits to blow another save and give the Phillies the win. The Pirates scored seven runs last night. Let me repeat that, SEVEN runs last night. A night in which Phillie stud Cole Hamels took the mound. You can't waste that. Inexcusable. As bad as the Pirate bats have been of late your bullpen can not waste a night when your team has eight extra base hits and has five two-out RBI.

What else is there to talk about. When Matt Capps wasn't throwing balls he was throwing pitches down the middle and saying to the batters "how far can you hit it?" Well Matt Stairs and Ryan Howard answered his question. What a terrible, horrible end to a ball game that should have been a win for the Pirates.

How about not only wasting a great offensive performance but wasting what might be the top play of the week by Jack Wilson. What a shortstop. Making the play in short center field then the no look throw to double off Rollins at first base. Jack Wilson is showing why he is one of the top five shortstops in the league right now. Although he is only hitting .270 he is still the one I want on defense during crunch time.

McCutchen, Jones, Doumit, and Andy LaRoche each picked up multiple hits for the Buccos last night. Jones hit another home run for the Pirates early in the game to give them a 1-0 lead and raised his batting average to .316. He has shown a lot of promise with the Bucs and although he is just a stop gap he is filling in nicely.

For those that want to look and relive this disaster here is the game recap and here is the box score. Puke.

To catch up from the game two nights ago the Pirates dropped another contest to the Phillies by the score of 3-2. Zach Duke went the complete game, and took the loss. You can say all you want but if its not one thing with this team it is another. Zach Duke throws a gem and you can't get any offense and then you get eight extra base hits and seven runs and you can't hold a five run lead in the ninth. I know this team isn't built to win this year, or next year for that matter, but that does not make it any less frustrating.

Speaking of Zach Duke we must say that he is well deserving of the All Star game nomination that he got. Duke was named to the N.L. roster today taking the place of injured pitcher Matt Cain of the Giants. Check out this stat that the PG busts out in the article today:
Duke, selected for the first time, is 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA. The Pirates
scored just seven runs in those eight losses, and Duke has two complete-game
losses, tied for most in Major League Baseball.

I mean that stat says it all...

Pirates are on today at 1:35. Who knows what will happen today.

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