Another chance for the Pirates to sweep a series and another time they were unable to do so. To be fair I think many people make it seem like sweeping a team is pretty easy. The Diamondbacks are not a good team and for the most part I think the Pirates are a good team so it seems like sweeps should happen more often in these situations and situations like the Pirates have been in the last couple of week. The problem is that bad professional baseball teams are still professional baseball teams. All it takes is one inning and it goes from being a sweep to only winning two out of three games. I don't think winning two out of three is a bad thing but taking all three (or four) from a team would been really nice as the Pirates try to make up ground.
Yet another good start from Vance Worley. Man this guy has been pretty much lights out since coming up and while this might not have been something that you saw coming into the year you have to give guys like Jim Benedict and Scott Mitchell a ton of credit for what they have been able to do with guys who were left for dead. Worley went five innings without giving up a hit and controlled the Diamondbacks lineup for most of the game. The one inning I was talking about happened in the sixth for Worley. Ender Inciarte singled home Didi Gregorius, who got the first hit off Worley, and then the next batter, David Peralta went deep. That turned a 2-0 Pirates lead to a 3-2 deficit. In a span of three batters things went from good to bad.
Now that is not to say Worley was bad, at all. He was pretty outstanding. He made it through seven innings giving up four hits, walking two, and striking out six. This is exactly what you need from him and it is just too bad the offense couldn't get that run back before the floodgates opened in the ninth.
The game was actually 3-2 for the rest of the way until Arizona came up to bat in the ninth inning. They scored seven runs on eight hits, and the Pirates gave them an error in what turned out to be a laugher of an inning. The Diamondbacks sent 11 men to the plate that inning and the first nine of those hitters only recorded one out.
Newly acquired Ernesto Frieri took a brunt of the action recording only one out, giving up five runs on five hits, before Jeanmar Gomez gave up two more runs and three hits. Stuff like that is going to happen and in the grand scheme of things the Pirates didn't score any runs in the bottom of the inning so I am not really going to sweat over it.
The offense banged out 10 hits with Andrew McCutchen having a pair and every other starting position player having one. They went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight on. I think if they could have driven in another run early this might not have got out of hand but the Pirates have had some trouble with this all season.
Big series against the Phillies coming up. Hope everyone has a safe fourth.