The streak is finally over and the Pirates are back in the win column and all it took was flying across the country and playing against the defending World Series Champions. If that doesn’t make sense to you then you aren’t alone. The Pirates can’t even come close to sniffing a win against the Cubs and Padres but they can come out and play a gem against the Giants.
There really wasn’t much to say about this game. Charlie Morton pitched an effective game and the offense got on the board early and added on later and what happened was what was happening in the beginning of the year, the Pirates won.
Morton put together another excellent start as he went eight innings and threw 115 pitches and runs his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17. Not too shabby for a guy that some people wanted yanked from the rotation two weeks ago. In the eight innings tonight Morton scattered six hits, only one for extra bases, and forced 14 ground ball outs and struck out four. Ho hum. Chuck threw some really good pitches tonight and made a few of the Giants hitters look foolish. We all know about his splits against lefties, and it wasn’t great today as lefties went 6-for-14 with three walks against Morton, but he seemed to pitch them better as the game went on. Righties on the other hand were shut out and went 0-for-14. Yea, we should probably take him out of the rotation.
The offense continued to hit the ball well as they did against the Padres and they racked up 12 hits with three players have two or more hits and four of the hits going for extra bases. Every starter sans Michael McKenry got a hit so there was that. Ryan Ludwick had a pair of hits which both led to 2-out RBIs and Andrew McCutchen also picked up a pair of hits which included his first bunt base hit of the season. Sweet.
Garrett Jones was star of the show tonight as he went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a double. Jones is absolutely on fire and pretty much can’t be stopped. Jones is 12-for-27 in the month of August with seven runs scored four doubles and three home runs. Jones leads the National League with seven extra base hits in the month of August. Pretty good.
Not too much else to say except that it is late. Get some sleep you filthy animals.