Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Pirates Game 59 Recap - Padres 3, Pirates 2

This was a wildly frustrating game to watch. The Padres had one hit in the game. In the entire game. One hit. That hit didn't even reach the outfield, it was a bunt single. This is what that caused:

The story of this game was how bad Francisco Liriano was. Liriano gave up the only Padres hit in the game but what he didn't do was throw strikes. The Padres got their three runs thanks to a sacrifice fly, fielder choice, and walk. With the bases loaded in the fourth inning Liriano walked Chris Denorfia after he walked pitcher Ian Kennedy with two outs and runners on second and third.

All told Liriano walked six hitters. Sure, he struck out seven but when you are putting unlimited guys on base you aren't going to win. He got through five innings and threw 109 pitches. Not good. Liriano has been a huge disappointment so far this year after what he did last year. He has to be better if the Pirates want to have a real chance at making the playoffs then Liriano has to be better. The offense has been able to pick up the pitching staff so far this year but tonight they weren't able to. Really frustrating night for Frank.

The offense was alright tonight but they left some chances on the table. Andrew McCutchen continues to be locked in as he blasted a home run to left centerfield and Josh Harrison continues to baffle me by going 3-for-4. The big blow came in the eighth inning when Harrison led it off with a double but the Pirates weren't able to get him in. The Pirates went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and just one more hit probably wins them the game.

I want to be mad at this game but I am not sure I really can. Sure, it was frustrating as hell but the Pirates left New York after going 1-2 against the Mets and won 5-of-7 games against the Dodgers and Padres. The Pirates have always struggled going out to California and after a bad start to the road trip they bounced back in a big way. Losses are going to happen and whether you lose 20-2 or 3-2 and only give up one hit they all count the same.

Day off tomorrow and then a huge series against the Brewers.

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