Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Return to the Canyon. BUCS LOSE.

team-spacer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 inning-spacer R H E LOB
Pirates 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 score-spacer 2 10 0 9
Nationals 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 score-spacer 4 6 0 4

I've said all season that the Bucs appeared to be doing better than last year because of their lack of long losing streaks, which to this point last year, the Pirates had already had a 7-game losing streak (including the 20-0 loss to Milwaukee at home). That team also had already had two series sweeps, which this current team has yet to do. This current team's record is identical to what it was last year, which is not a good sign of things to come this year. While I still don't think this team will finish in last place as they did last year, this is not the year they will turn the corner, either.

Frankly, getting 10 hits tonight and only having two runs to show for it is embarrassing. Once again, Paul Maholm had a quality start turn into a loss (complete with early inning struggles). Jose Ascanio let in the game-winning run after throwing only 1 pitch. Still, the Pirates had numerous opportunities to drive in runs in this game, but a combination of poor baserunning and untimely strikeouts and ground balls did them in yet again.

I was hoping that this series was going to give the Pirates a little confidence to face Cincy and Detroit later this week, but the way things look right now this streak could very well extend to 10 games or more.

VFPH's 3 Stars of the Game

  1. WSH Danny Espinosa, 2B: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 2-run home run
  2. PIT Andrew McCutchen, CF: 2 for 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 1 BB, triple
  3. PIT Paul Maholm, SP: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Play of the Game: Espinosa's 2-run homer

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