Just another embarrassing game in what turned out to be an embarrassing series in what was a bad home stand. The Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an Andrew McCutchen home run but once again gave up that lead. I don't even know.
You could say that the Pirates mounted a comeback but the only other run they scored was via a balk after a leadoff triple. The Pirates did have first and second with no outs in the fifth inning as Jeff Locke recorded his first ever major league hit and Brock Holt reached on a swinging bunt but Starling Marte struck out after trying to bunt the first two pitches then flailed at the third strike. McCutchen just missed a middle-up pitch and then Garrett Jones lined out.
Don't ask me why Marte was bunting in that situation and don't get me started. Clint Hurdle needs to stop this bullshit. Now.
The Pirates had a chance in the ninth inning. Carlos Marmol was all kinda of awful to start, loading the bases with one out but he got Gaby Sanchez to strike out and Pedro Alvarez to fly out to left. Sweep city.
Locke wasn't bad at all in the game. He had really only two mistakes which were pitches that ended up in the seats for solo home runs and finished the day pitching six innings, giving up seven hits and striking out six, not walking a single batter. Locke doesn't miss a lot of bats but he did a pretty nice job of locating and more than did his job by giving the Pirates a chance to win this game.
The hitting was bad. All series, bad. The Pirates only had a .160 average in the series (15-for-94) and only had five extra base hits for the entire series. THE ENTIRE SERIES. The Cubs are a bad team. The Pirates are right in the mix for the playoffs. You can't get swept by the Cubs. Can't happen. You aren't going to win game when a majority of the offense is taking the day off and that is what's happening and guess what, the Pirates are losing. Shocking, I know.
Jason Grilli has been great all season but he has been pretty bad as of recent. Last night he gave up the game winning home run and today he did the same thing again. After the Pirates tied the game at two he came to pitch the eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Anthony Rizzo and then gave up a monster home run to Alfonso Soriano. No idea.
The Pirates get the Reds starting tomorrow. Who knows. The way things have gone I wouldn't be shocked if the Pirates swept the Reds.