Pittsburgh totaled 10 hits on Friday night, but only managed to get one run across the plate; not that it mattered at all as the Braves put up a 20 spot on the Pirates, with the final 8 coming off of Wilmer Difo when the game was already out of hand.
During the previous game Atlanta’s was kept in check, to a degree; however with one swing ofthe bat Ronald Acuna Jr. put four on the board in the bottom of the second, virtually ending the game as it was just getting started. At that point there was nothing else Tyler Anderson could do, but wear it; and give up another four runs in the process, including two more homers.
In the end the Pirates fell to the Braves 20 to 1, which only counts as one loss; although it felt like more.
News and Notes
- A players trade value usually doesn’t drop after one game, however, it’s hard to imagine a team wanting a pitcher that gave up 9 runs on 10 hits; but he did strikeout 7. And, in all honesty I was wondering if people still wanted to offer Anderson an extension.
- Adam Frazier’s current hitting streak is at seven games. During that time his batting average has surged to .339, while maintaining his lead in hit in all of MLB at 59.
- Will Craig was 2 for 2 on the night, and had an RBI on a dribbler to the shortstop; which is why you need to do more than just look at the box score.
- Cole Tucker went 0 for 2 after being called up from Triple A-Indianapolis earlier in the day. Great personality and unbelievable energy, but the dude just can’t hit.
- I am not sure if it gets any more embarrassing than trying to market a podcast for team that you love, and giving a sales pitch, as said team gives up 20 runs on the night you want to show that their is interest in the ball club. Oh, and then you wake up and blog about it.
The Pirates and Braves we back at it the afternoon at 4:10 PM EST, as our Buccos will try to put Friday’s embarrassment behind them.
For Pittsburgh, Mitch Keller (2-5, 7.16 ERA) will toe the rubber, looking to make it two strong starts in a row for the first time this year. Opposing him is Bryse Wilson (1-2, 5.50 ERA), who made his MLB Debut back in 2018 at only 20 years old.