Well you probably knew that nothing last forever. That is especially the case for Pirates baseball. Even in the worst of times the Pirates will get a win here and there. This also counts for the good times (yes, there are those). After scoring 50 runs in their previous five games the Pirates could chalk up only two against the Brewers on Thursday night and dropped a 3-2 contest. There was a lot going on in this game including Prince Fielder making sure that everyone knew that he was upset, almost crying when both teams got warnings when Jose Tabata was thrown at in the seventh inning.
All wasn't lost last night. The Pirates got down 3-0 after Evan Meek gave up two runs on a Ricki Weeks home run, but the Bucs battled back in the bottom half of the seventh inning when the Brewers started their shenanigans. They felt that it intentional when Ricki Weeks go hit, so much so that Fielder began to openly talk about it in the dugout. Jose Tabata came up to the plate with the Pirates down 3-0 and was at a 3-0 count when he was thrown behind. Awesome. Runner on, two outs, who knows.
Well D. Young comes up, singles. Runners on the corners. Neil Walker comes up and continues to mash with a double to score both Young and Tabata. Way to send a message Milwaukee!
Alas the Pirates couldn't get much done. Ryan Church came up in the nineth and looked at two pitches right now the middle before weakly grounding out to second. Hey, at least he made contact. No idea why he ever plays.
GFJ struggled some last night but still managed two hits. He just hasn't look real comfortable at the plate and hopefully he can bounce out of it when a really good Padres team comes into town for a three game set.
This will be a stern test for the Bucs as San Diego boasts a 3.30 team ERA, second best in the league against a Pirates team that is not real good at hitting. So with that being said the Pirates will probably win a few. You know how this team is. Nothing surprises me with this team anymore. At least we have seen the possibilities with the young core and hopefully they will keep learning.
Everyone should know that this team is going to go with the youngsters, and they are going to have a lot of ups and downs still. They are all rookies. I am just along for the ride.
The Pirates line up against Kevin Correia tonight, who on the surface seems like a guy the Pirates can get the best of. A 5.22 ERA and only 6-6 on the year. Correia is a right handed hurler, but lets righties hit at a .308 clip against him as opposed to a .235 average against lefties. Strange. Whatever. Hopefully the bats can wake up again and get things going.