Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pirates Game 17 Recap - Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3

This game was all about opportunities. The Pirates had unlimited opportunities to put this away early and failed to do so. The Brewers got some opportunities to get back into the game and despite having a runner thrown out at the plate they were able to take the lead and add on. Later in the game the Pirates had the tying run on base in both the eighth and ninth innings and came up empty.

Pirates hitters went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and Pedro Alvarez himself left a small colony on the bases as he stranded seven runners on base while going 0-for-5. Alvarez had the chance to really get the team back into it in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded and two outs but he struck out when lefty specialist Will Smith came in to shut the door. It sucked.

Charlie Morton looked really good for the first three innings of the game. A pretty good Brewers lineup wasn't getting much done and Morton was cruising. He hit the speed bump in the fourth inning giving up the lead with three runs on three hits then gave up insurance runs in each of the next two innings. All told he went six innings giving up eight hits and five runs.

Stolmy Pimentel actually came in and did a pretty nice job in two innings of relief. The Brewers got one hit off him and also walked once. Pimentel is interesting because I really don't think he is all that healthy. He was consistently in the mid-90s early in the season but the last two outings he is barely touching 90. I am not sure what it is and I thought he might have been sat down after his last outing when his velo was way down but it was the same story last night. He was still effective so it wasn't like he was being thrown to the wolves but I am interested to hear what the deal is.

The was just one of those games where it was really unfortunate that the Pirates couldn't take advantage of the Brewers stumbling all over themselves. Milwaukee committed four errors and at times it didn't look like they had a clue what they were doing. The Pirates did a nice job setting the table but it seemed like each and every time they did they just couldn't get that one hit. They left 11 guys on base and while Alvarez was a big part of that it was really disappointing that the Pirates were only able to squeeze out three runs.

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