Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pirates Game 61 Recap - Orioles 7, Pirates 1

Another night and another pretty bad performance by the Pirates as they got absolutely worked by the O's and are one more loss away from getting swept by the birds. I mean really going into tonight I didn't have high hopes because Kevin Correia was on the bump and if you know anything you realize that I do not want to see K-Core on the mound to start a game in a Pirates uniform. It was bad and it was bad early and often. Ugh.

The Orioles got on the board early in the first inning as J.J. Hardy singled with one out then Chris Davis brought him home with a double to left field that Alex Presley misplayed pretty badly. The O's got two more runs in the second inning and that was about it. Correia was getting smacked around and they would add single runs in the fourth and sixth before Correia's night was done and before the Pirates got on the board in the top of the seventh.

The highlight (lowlight?) of the night might have came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Tony Watson came on in relief and gave up a hit and then a broken bat home run to Davis. I mean it isn't really that often that you see a broken bat home run and when I say broken bat I mean it BROKE. The barrel of the bat went into the first base dugout and the ball had plenty of distance. The game was already out of reach so I can't get too upset about it so it was kinda cool to see.

Like I said, Correia was just bad. He went six innings but gave up five runs (four earned) on ten hits (!) and only struck out one batter. If you could actually believe it he was much worse than his line indicated. His control was no there (not that it has been all season) and while he only walked one batter it was just much of the same from his this year. He K/BB is nearly 1:1 and when you have no location and can't strike anyone out then you are going to be in trouble. He shouldn't be in the rotation anymore. Just can't be.

The offense wasn't very good this game after being pretty good yesterday. They struck out 11 times and managed only eight hits, but that wasn't the worst of it. The Pirates were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. As bad as things were for the pitching today the Pirates still had some opportunities to put some runs on the board. Earlier in the Pirates were very good with two outs but tonight they just couldn't do anything.

Pedro Alvarez probably shouldn't be taking at bats anymore. He went 0-for-4 tonight and dropped his average to a mere .191. He looks totally lost up at the plate and the first two at bats were pretty much the same as yesterday with strikeouts. Just not pretty watching him go up there. I truly believe that this is more of a mental thing for him than physical. I know people want him sent down to AAA to figure it out but I am not sure how much that is going to do. The problem he has is pitch selection and decision making and going down to AAA doesn't really help him address that in my opinion. He is still going to see fringe major league arms and he will be doing that same thing down there as he is up here. There isn't another option to take his spot so that also factors into it but I have been a pretty big Alvarez supporter throughout his Pirates career but I am not even sure what to say now.

On a somewhat positive note Jose Tabata and Casey McGehee are starting to swing a good bat. In the last ten games Tabata has played he has 10 hits and now has a pair of back-to-back multi-hit games after a pair of hits tonight. McGehee also had a pair of hits and now has nine hits in his last ten games. It would be nice if they could keep it going but who knows.

The one good thing I can really take from this is that the Pirates lost both of these games to pitchers that really shouldn't be in the rotation. Brad Lincoln isn't a guy you want going every fifth day and Correia is just, well, bad. When Charlie Morton and Jeff Karstens come back those two will not be there and while losing sucks it would be much worse in my eyes if the Pirates lost these two games with James McDonald and A.J. Burnett on the bump. Just a thought.

Pirates try to avoid the sweep tomorrow.

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