The Pirates Win 2-1, Pitching & Defense Shine

9-18-21 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter

Don’t look now, but the Pirates are playing some good baseball lately. 7-3 in their last 10 and they’ve done it with timely offense and solid pitching. It’s far too late for it to matter against the overall record, but there is something to be said for learning to win.

Wil Crowe got back on the wagon with a really nice start, and he could have gone longer than his 5 innings of 1 run ball, but Derek Shelton was looking for offense holding a 2-1 lead when his spot in the lineup came.

Then the ragtag group of bullpen arms, specifically Banda, Mears, Kuhl and Stratton, combined for 4 innings of 7 strikeout, shutout baseball.

Sometimes there just isn’t much more than that. I mean, Bryan Reynolds hit a double.

News & Notes

  • Going 7-3 in their last 10 has set up a possibility. With 15 games left they need to win 7 of them to avoid 100 losses. It means nothing, but hey, nobody wants to be part of a 100 loss team.
  • Chris Stratton has done well taking on a back of the pen role, they’ve quietly steadied the ship. I still don’t see the mix here as good enough heading into next season but it’s encouraging seeing some of the younger arms come through.
  • Cole Tucker probably won’t survive the 40-man purge post season, but he’s starting to at least do some positive things including his big sac fly to give the Bucs the lead. Probably would have had another RBI if Colin Moran wasn’t slower than Moses in January.

Published by Gary Morgan

Former contributor for Inside the Pirates an SI Team Channel

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