Before I get into this game in particular, this was a fun series. Lots of good defense especially from Kim Ha-seong and Erik Gonzalez. Kim played 2B, SS and 3B consecutively giving each of the Padres big three a night off during the series and he just shined.
Now, onto this contest.
JT Brubaker was a bulldog tonight, seemingly in trouble every inning, sometimes caused by soft contact hits, other times caused by poor defense behind him or in one instance his own poor throw.
Time and again he fought through it to minimize the damage or prevent it all together. Considering the lineup, it was very impressive.
The Pirates bats were a little more alive than they had been this series and they were able to get to Yu Darvish in the 6th for 2 runs to tie the score. Beginning with a Brian Reynolds opposite field solo shot and a Ka’ai Tom sacrifice fly.
A rare misstep by the bullpen tonight was the difference. Duane Underwood Jr. surrendered 2 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned in the 6th and then both bullpens shut down the rest of the game.
Bucs fall 4-2 to the Padres.
Off today and back at it tomorrow at 2:20 in Chicago as Trevor Cahill squares off against Zach Davies and the Cubs.
News & Notes
- The top of the order continues to be the source of all offense for the Pirates, being held to one Kevin Newman base hit past the 5 hole. Obviously to run an offense like the Pirates are trying to run, they’ll need more.
- Hunter Owen made his MLB debut last night for the Pirates, he was held hitless and was hit by a pitch before being lifted for Phillip Evans as part of a double switch.
- The Pirates committed 4 errors in this contest, and those are performances this club just isn’t going to overcome often. Brubaker did well to minimize that, this one could have gotten away from them much earlier than it ultimately did.
- The offense in general with the exception of Adam Frazier, Bryan Reynolds and Colin Moran has been fairly lifeless. Erik Gonzalez and Jacob Stallings have pitched in but those three are carrying the mail. It’s too much. And I’m not sure Hayes will be enough to fix it. It sure will help though.
- Wil Crowe is slated to get his 3rd consecutive turn in the rotation on Saturday against Trevor Williams in Chicago. With Chad Kuhl officially throwing a side it might be his last for a while, unless the Pirates feel they’ve seen enough and want to make a bolder move.
- Former Pirates pitching coach and Baltimore Orioles Skipper Ray Miller passed yesterday. I didn’t know him personally, but I know he helped bring me some of the best Pirates pitching I’ve seen in my lifetime. RIP