Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Morton's Meltdown, Part Deux. Bucs LOSE


Not much to say about this one.  Charlie Morton was god-awful and only pitched for one inning, giving up 6 ER.  Brian Burres was slightly better, giving up 2 ER and 3 hits in 4 innings.  Relief after that was solid for the Bucs, with Carrasco, Taschner and Lopez pitching 4 straight hitless innings.

The problem was the Bucs offense, with Lastings Milledge hitting the Pirates' only RBI.  That's not going to get it done.  Although to be fair, Morton's pitching didn't give them much of a chance to get into it, as the game was basically over after 2 innings.


Miscellaneous shit

Andrew McCutchen had a 3 hit, 1 run game and now has a hit in 8 of the 13 games the Pirates have played.

Lastings Milledge has a hit in 5 straight games, and has a hit in 10 of 13 games.

I still believe that Morton can do well, but it might take some time in the minors or relief pitching to get him back on track.  The problem is that Ross Ohlendorf is still on the DL and the Pirates really don't have anyone else to start other than Brian Burres and, if you're really optimistic, Jeff Karstens.  Brad Lincoln is not ready to make the jump from AAA just yet.  So for now, Morton is the best out of that bunch, and he will continue to get the start.

This was a bad loss, no doubt about it.  But there are still two more chances in the series for the Bucs to get a win.  Duke starts next, and should have a good chance to get a win.  Daniel McCutchen must have a really strong game in his start to pull out a win, but it is still possible.

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