Pirates Bats Explode Again In Sweep Of Rockies: (12-7)

4/19/23- By Craig W. Toth – @BucsBasement on Twitter

Before Johan Oviedo could even toe the rubber-to see if he could continue his dominance on the mound-the Pirates put up a 5 spot on Rockies Starter, lefty Austin Gomber. They then proceeded to stack another 4 on top of that in the second; ultimately chasing Gomber from the game.

Of those 9 runs, one of them was a home run off the bat of Andrew McCutchen; his 4th of this young season.

Too his credit, Oviedo took the early lead an ran with it; staying focused on the mound, rather than letting the situation make him the negative version of comfortable.

Oviedo would end the day with a pitching line of 6IP/3H/1ER/3BB/6K. On the season he improved to 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.

After he exited the the game, Colorado would get two more runs-one each off of Yohan Ramirez and Dauri Moreta; but, with Pittsburgh not letting off the gas, these barely were barely a blip on the radar in a 14-3 victory for your Pirates.

News & Notes

  • The Pittsburgh Rotation now has a Quality Start Streak of 9 games. This has allowed the Pirates the opportunity to remain competitive in each and every game; as well as to save their bullpen to a certain degree.
  • Andrew McCutchen has started to climb the Pirates Historical Lists, on his way toward his own career milestones. On the day he tied Dave Parker for 7th on the All-Time doubles list with 296, and passed Arky Vaughan for Total Bases.
  • Bryan Reynolds was ejected after this at bat. Yes, the 5th pitch was a strike; but 2 and 4 were not. His reaction was completely justified. However, more importantly, Shelton came out of the dugout to Reynold; which, is something that we didn’t see last year.
  • Going along with Reynolds’ frustration today, is the fact that this has been growing over about the past week. Ever since he started the year slashing .405/.415/.919 with 5 homers and a 235 wRC+ through the first 9 games of the season, Reynolds has slashed .229/.243/.257 with no homers, only one extra base hit and a 32 wRC+ leading up to this contest with the Rockies.
  • Speaking of things going in the opposite direction; how about Mark Mathias’ general approach at the plate? Since going hitless over his first 10 plate appearances-while striking out 5 times-he now has 7 hits over his last 17; and has only struck out once.
  • Rodolfo Castro is on a heater of his own; reaching base safely in 10 out his last 11 games, hitting a pair of homers along the way and raising his season average and OPS to .319 and .929 respectively.
  • On the day, 7 Pirates hitters notched 2 or more hits; including Hayes, McCutchen, Santana, Joe (3), Castro, Mathias, and Delay. Only Reynolds and Suwinski were held hitless; although Suwinski did walk twice and hit a sac fly.

The Pirates are back in action tomorrow-at home-against the Cincinnati Reds. For Pittsburgh Roansy Contreras (1-1/6.00 ERA/1.73 WHIP) toes the rubber, while Luke Weaver makes his first start of the season for the Redlegs. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.

Published by Craig W. Toth

Former Contributing Author at InsidethePirates.com, Co-Host of the Bucs in the Basement Podcast and life-long/diehard Pittsburgh Pirates Fan!

3 thoughts on “Pirates Bats Explode Again In Sweep Of Rockies: (12-7)

  1. I don’t have cable but I miss my parts I live in Butler Pennsylvania and I do a lot of streaming on my Ruku Tv i’m just wondering how I could watch the parts by streaming is there any station that I may watch I would love to know been a pirate fan for 60 years but cable cost too much money and I’m retired and I had to make a sacrifice because Social Security does not pay all my bills so I got rid of cable thank you if you can give me an answer I would appreciate it


    1. If you have a strong pop-up blocker (e.g., AdBlock) and/or use a more protective modern browser (I recommend Brave), there are sites such as sportsurge.net that hold links to watch. Just be careful what you click, as some pop-ups occasionally might sneak through–just close them. Links at the top of SportSurge lists tend to be better. Markky, Cracked, BestSolaris, TVSportsLive, and TheGentleClass I’ve had success with, probably TVSportsLive the most. Occasional buffering but just have to press stop and then play again or refresh, in most cases. Good luck!


  2. Reynolds’ frustration was justified, but his actions were not. He deserved to be tossed regardless, but especially with such a lopsided score, come on, man. I found it immature, as with most ejected players.


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