Just when you think you have seen it all, it gets worse. The Pirates lost today to the Oakland Athletics. It was one of the strangest games that I have ever watched. Chatting with some fellow bloggers during the game it was so up and down. Unreal the way they lost. I would say I am surprised, but to be honest I am not surprised at all.
Lastings Milledge went deep for the first time this year to cut the A's lead to only one, 2-1. Jose Tabata tied the score later that inning when he doubled home a run. The Pirates had put together some offense and were looking pretty good. It would not last a real long time.
Ross Ohlendorf pitched pretty well going six innings and yielding no earned runs. Two runs crossed the plate, but both unearned. Even Meek came in and pitched a perfect seventh and almost a perfect eighth. With two outs Meek got Kurt Suzuki to pop up but Jason Jaramillo dropped the pop up. Before you could blink your eyes Suzuki found the seats after Meek made a mistake. Pirates down one. If you watched the replay of the home run you can see Jaramillo right after Suzuki hit the ball it put both hands on his head and dropped his head before the ball went out. I haven't seen an unearned run on a solo home run in a long time. Jesus.
Jaramillo took it hard and was consoled by Meek in the dugout after the inning. I thought it was great to see Meek go up and tell Jaramillo it was ok. A lot of players now are very into the me-me-me of the game and would just sit by themselves and be pissed that someone else potentially cost them a win. Meek showed that maybe this team is a little closer than what we see and when you have people like that in the locker room it makes me feel a lot better, even through the losing.
The Pirates came up in the top of the ninth and had a chance. Delwyn Young came up and got a pinch hit single to bring up Jaramillo. How great would that have been if he was able to hit a go ahead home run? Yea right. Double play. Pedro came up to hit next and walked. Tabata then came up with two outs and hit a laser that was going through the right side but it hit Pedro as he was running to second.
The game eneded with Pedro getting hit by a batted ball. If that is not rock bottom I don't know what is. How many other ways can you lose? I am far too into the Pirates to be surprised by what happened today. They have lost 18 of their last 20 and are only two games back of Baltimore for the worst record in the league. I don't even know.
To be honest, I have said it a million times, we know what this team was about. We knew they were going to be horrible. Lets not get shocked by all this. Doesn't make losing easier, but it is what it is.
If there is another way to lose a game the Pirates will show it to you in the next two weeks.
Thank God I am not a Cubs or Brewers fan. What a couple of mess teams.
Lets Go Bucs.