8-26-21 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter
Stop me if you heard this one. The Pirates had yet another opportunity to sweep a series, and this time they had arguably their best starter and put out very close to their best lineup. OK, they didn’t rest Hayes or Reynolds is like my threshold for a pretty good lineup.
The Bucs struck first scoring 1 run in the 4th and 5th helped by one of the new guys.
Bryse Wilson did his part, returning from the IL to toss 5 scoreless innings and he would leave the game with a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately the bullpen wouldn’t hold up for a third straight game. Nick Mears gave up a run, Anthony Banda gave up 2, and Kyle Keller matched him.
Aided by a brutal and ill timed error for a guy who by all rights shouldn’t be playing, Polanco.
Yeah, this game looked much more familiar than the last two.
Diamondbacks win 5-2
News & Notes
- Luis Oviedo closed out the 9th for the Pirates tonight. He would toss a scoreless inning of relief, and quietly here, he’s done so in each of his last 5 outings. Good sign.
- Yoshitomo Tsutsugo at the plate has been a very welcome addition, in the field, not so much. His at bats will primarily come from taking them from Colin Moran.
- There can’t be many still holding onto excuses for Gregory Polanco playing. Tonight he played a single into a virtual triple. He did go 2 for 4, but if I’m going to say defense is why Yoshi will struggle to find playing time, I’m certainly going to echo that for a guy hitting under .200 who’s had all season to show otherwise.
- Ke’Bryan Hayes continues to drive the ball, the pop is very much so coming back to his bat. Only amounted to one hit tonight but he’s getting good wood on the ball.