Second Game in a Row the Pirates Battle Back Only to Lose 6-5

9-3-21 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter

Steven Brault struggled mightily in this one.

He was wild to the arm side, something we’ve seen with Brault over the years, a sure sign he isn’t feeling it, he wasn’t. Before you knew it, the score was 5-0 Cubs. Have I mentioned this isn’t the Cubs who used to boast a lineup with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javi Baez?

Point is he wasn’t right, and the Cubs hit the baseball hard.

Just like last night the Pirates didn’t stop fighing.

Back to back shots got the party started.

The Bucs would score another and then Alford again stepped in and did this to tie it up at 5.

Shelby Miller entered the ball game and the Cubbies took the lead back.

Game.

6-5 Cubs again.

Baseball is a hell of a sport, there were a ton of games the Pirates would have killed to score 5 runs, and most of them would have been wins. Not these two.

News & Notes

  • Two homeruns from Alford today, that’s obviously good. I don’t know what the threshold he has to meet would be to still have an opportunity next season but he’s not hurting himself by doing things like that.
  • The Pirates 3rd run tonight was controversial. Kevin Newman took a hard slide into second to break up a double play and still touched the bag. The Cubs manager was ejected for arguing interference. He touched the bag, I have a hard time calling that interference but ok.
  • This was Alford’s first career multi homerun game.

Published by Gary Morgan

Former contributor for Inside the Pirates an SI Team Channel

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