The Pirates dropped their seventh straight in a day game over in Cincinnati as they dropped the series finale against the Reds by the score of 5-3. The Pirates took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning before giving up a three spot in the bottom of the sixth and that is pretty much all she wrote for the game today. The Pirates are now 53-79 and now are only three games away from losing their 82 game and only four games away from losing their 83rd game and setting the record for consecutive losing season. Damn.
Zach Duke took the loss today. Didn’t get to watch the game. I am sure it was typical Zach Duke with that bad bottom of the sixth. Drew Stubbs homered to lead off the inning. As a side note it was brought up by Pat over at WHYGAVS and in 472 minor league appearances Stubbs had three homers, in this series he had three, wtf? Then Neil Walker, in his first start, committed an error followed by a double, an RBI groundout, and an infield single.
As I said, Neil Walker made his first major league start today after pinch hitting in yesterdays game and he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and an error. Not really how you want to start out your major league career. To be perfectly honest this is probably Walker’s only chance he gets for the big club and I do not foresee him being part of this team for the long term. I just don’t think he has it.
Delwyn Young went 0-for-4 also and dropped his average some more to .286. He has really been struggling recently and as I stated yesterday I just hope it is something that he can snap out of because I would like to see him be a nice offensive replacement to Freddy Sanchez. What needs to be asked is if all this defensive work is hurting his swing. Young is out early everyday with coach Perry Hill and has been steadily improving his defensive game. Home much is this defensive work taking away from his batting regiment? Nobody will know for sure but it is a fair question to ask.
Now, on to the good things, Garrett Jones has a legit chance to win ROY. He hit his 18th home run of the season today and is not batting .294 after going 1-for-4 today with two strikeouts. Jones got called up on June 30 and in that time span he has played in 55 games and has 18 home runs. That is pretty remarkable for a rookie. The thing that really gets me is that he only has 34 RBI’s on the season. I mean really sit back and think about it, 18 home runs and only 34 RBI? I mean really? I am sure he knocks in some runs when he hits a few doubles and singles right? Most of these home runs are of the solo variety and I think that is going to hurt him a lot. His .984 OPS is really nice though.
Lastings Milledge is really coming into his own. He is 15 for his last 30 over the last ten games and is just raking. He went 1-for-3 today and raised his batting average around 50 points in the last ten games. He is hitting .286 and only has 133 at bats for the season so this is really just a small sampling over a whole season. Hopefully this is the real Lastings Milledge because I would love to see him be part of this teams futures. I mean granted we did trade Willie Mays, err, I mean Nyger Morgan for him so we all know that he can never live up to what Morgan has done over his HOF career.
Things are going very bad now for the Pirates after a stretch of good play but what can we really expect? Not sure but right now we are 9.5 games better than the Nationals so we will not finish as the worst team in the league, which is always nice to say. The Pirates have played well at home though going 35-29 at PNC Park but are only 18-50 away from PNC Park. I mean are you serious? Is PNC Park that different? 18-50? There is no explanation for that number and I do not even want to think about that disparity.