Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan, this was a tough game to watch. When the Pirates pitchers weren't walking hitters the defense was throwing the ball all around the infield. When the offense had some guys on base they weren't getting hits. They left eight guys on and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Just brutal.
Charlie Morton is wildly frustrating. I want him to be good but he is making it so hard for me to think that he can be. For almost the entire year it has been one inning. Today it was more of a whole game thing. His line isn't going to look terrible but he was in trouble the entire game. He walked four hitters in less than six innings of work and gave up four hits. The four hits aren't bad but when you put four guys on base for free and throw two wild pitches you aren't going to do very well.
The defense has been atrocious. Two more errors today and both of them came on the same play that cost the Pirates a run. Pedro Alvarez continues to struggle defensively as he threw another ball away. Somehow the ball came straight back to Neil Walker who threw to Jordy Mercer who couldn't catch the ball and it bounced into centerfield. So instead of a groundout it turns into a guy on third base.
Overall the Pirates walked eight hitters in the game. You can't do that and expect to win. It's not like the Mets were really running away with this game either, that is what makes it so hard to deal with. The Mets had two errors and Lucas Duda looked like he never scooped a ball at first base in his life. Too bad the Pirates couldn't do anything.
After a really good home stand the Pirates needed to win at least two games off the Mets. The Mets are not a good team but that same Mets team just took two-of-three from the Pirates and now have a better record than them. Bad times.