The Pirates finished up their three game set in Colorado and if you imagined the worst possible scenario for the Pirates to go through then that is pretty much what happened this weekend. Well, maybe not the worst possible things happened but it was pretty close. They came out after a really successful 9-2 home stand to get swept by the Rockies.
Last night's game was delayed by rain and after that it was nearly catastrophic with Starling Marte almost breaking his hand and looking like Justin Wilson was also going to be hurt. Both turned out to be much better than anticipated but the Pirates lost.
Today the Pirates actually go in front of Colorado but thanks to some bad defense and only six hits they were unable to come back. The Pirates actually had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth after a Neil Walker leadoff single and a Tony Sanchez double but a hard hit ball by Jordy Mercer was right at someone and Alex Presley (who was leading off) meekly "flew out" to end the game. Guh.
The Pirates actually gave up the game tying run on a really horrible Pedro Alvarez error in the sixth inning. It was a pretty routine play by Alvarez but the ball just sailed on him. Alvarez just had a brutal day in the field this series. Really bad.
Jeff Locke wasn't bad and wasn't really good today. He was average and despite only going 5.2 innings he only gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits. The problems came because he wasn't throwing enough strikes. He walked four (one intentional) but only threw 54 of his 99 pitches for strikes and he also put on a free guy by hitting a Rockie. Just can't do that stuff. He was able to get away with it early and it is going to catch up with him, as it has the "second half" of the season. This start was worlds better than the last couple but he still needs to get better as the rest of the season progresses.
Andrew McCutchen was the only Pirate with more than one hit as he went 2-for-4 on the day but just not enough today, or in the series.
The Pirates got swept, but luckily the Cardinals have been playing some really bad baseball and the Reds still haven't really figured it out yet this year. Both of those teams won today but the Pirates still lead the NL Central by three games and are five games up on the Reds. The sweep sucks but all is not lost with the Pirates still being 23 games above .500. A big three game series against the Cardinals starts on Tuesday so that should be pretty important.