We’ve gone all season waiting for some of these guys to get healthy or perform closer to their norms to no avail.
The past two weeks have brought the starting staff real success, it hasn’t always resulted in wins, in fact it mostly hasn’t, but Joe Musgrove who entered tonight’s contest having only received 4 runs on days he pitched and a 0-5 record, delivered yet another big start for his ballclub.
Tonight he tossed 7 scoreless, with 9 Ks, 1BB and 3 Hits. Shelton let him stretch his legs a bit tonight too, throwing 111 pitches. The curve ball was filthy but controlled. The fastball had tailing life, the slider was a perfect compliment. If by some chance this is Joe’s last game in a Pirate uniform, he did the logo proud the way he closed out the season.
Bryan Reynolds continued to show he’s on the way back, hammering his seventh home run of the season, he’ll finish under .200 for the season but you get the impression if he has 4 more months he’d get it to acceptable. Positive to see from a guy the Pirates can ill afford to have play badly.
Jose Osuna went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double, taking an opposite field approach for both hits.
Colin Moran went 2-5 with 4 RBI in the contest belting his 10th home run. Josh Bell went 2 for 4 and looked good all night.
And those are just some of the guys we expected to contribute but haven’t often enough.
Now we come to Ke’Bryan Hayes who has already gotten some folks designing the bronze statue that will one day rest to the right of Stargell, he really put on a show tonight. Hitting 5 balls really hard to go 5 for 5 with three doubles and score 3 runs. The biggest question about Hayes was if he could hit for power, well he’s slugged .592 and is squaring up everything people put anywhere near the zone. Can’t ask more from a rookie, far too short to consider this proof of ‘what he is’ but it sure shows what he can be. After all we’re talking about less than 100 at bats here.
Dovydas Neverauskas (hopefully written for the last time) pitched the 9th for the Buccos trying to preserve the shutout for the staff. So 4 pitches in he gave up an easy grounder up the middle which he deflected and then threw the ball away.
He would regroup and finish the inning and the Pirates shutout the Tribe on an 8-0 beat down.
News & Notes:
- Ke’Bryan Hayes went 5 for 5 with 3 doubles in the ballgame. His average rests at .370.
- In tonight’s matchup, the Pirates provided Joe Musgrove 4 more runs than they had in any of his previous starts combined.
- Musgrove has 21 strike outs in his last two starts. He has 54 on the season to pair with 16 walks. He finished his season with 16 consecutive shutout innings.
- The Pirates move to 19 wins and it probably doesn’t mean anything to most fans, but trust me the room will want to get that 20. They’ll face an all reliever game tomorrow.