The Pirates are clearly going through a rough patch. With the number one overall pick coming their way in less than a month from the disastrous 2020 season, a ten game losing streak barely in the rear view and a place in the bottom four of MLB reasonably secured; it is a tough time to be a fan of the boys along the Allegheny. However, on nights like this, they give you a little bit of excitement, and remind you why you wait around; hoping you get the chance to raise the Jolly Roger.
For six innings the Pirates hung around; not really threatening, but not letting the game get away either. Then in the seventh, one of the the unlikeliest of heroes put Pittsburgh up with one swing of the bat. Micheal Perez is batting .152 and has twelve total hits on the season; nevertheless, he took a 2-2 pitch over the Clemente Wall for his fifth home run of the season.
Obviously we know Perez’s time with the Pirates may not be fondly remembered, if it is at all; however, for one at least one night he brought the fans to their feet, and got the fireworks warmed up at PNC.
Later the same inning Bryan Reynolds sent one into the drink to put an exclamation point, on what would end up being a 6-3 win for the Pirates.
News and Notes
- Bryan Reynolds just keeps on hitting. Over his last 15 games he is batting .358 with 5 home runs, and is currently on pace for close to a 7 WAR season.
- Chris Stratton isn’t extremely flashy, but he gets the job done. On the season, he has a 2.79 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
- Wil Crowe didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he didn’t let things get out of hand either; allowing 2 runs on two solo shots; while walking and striking out a pair.
- Of course Harold Ramirez hit two homers against his “old club” tonight, because Pirates Fans can barely go a day without mentioning a Neal Huntington trade.
- I am not sure if there are any immediate moves upcoming, but Cherington really needs to think about why some of the guys are on the current roster, and if they honestly deserve to remain there. I understand this isn’t often the immediate thought after a win, however they can’t stay stagnant either.
On Sunday at 1:05 PM EST, the Pirates look for the series sweep over the Indians.
For Pittsburgh, JT Brubaker (4-5, 3.88 ERA) toes the rubber against Sam Hentges (1-1, 7.54 ERA) for Cleveland.