As sloppy as yesterday’s ballgame was, that’s how tight this contest was played. Joe Musgrove and Tyler Anderson started out for the second lopsided on paper matchup in as many days.
Joe Musgrove was a good pitcher here in Pittsburgh. Well, by the end he was a good pitcher. The road to that moniker, ‘good’, was a familiar one for Pirates fans.
First of all, If Hayes doesn’t get hurt, who knows how much playing time Phillip Evans gets, let alone Wilmer Difo even being here. Those two things are the very definition of obvious, but really think about it.
Trevor Cahill as I’ve noted multiple times now will look like he did tonight just about as often as you’ll see what he showed you in the first. A good team will take advantage of your low man on the totem giving you a nice start, a below average club will often squander the advantage.
Legitimately good weekend at PNC for the Pirates. Good because of who stepped up to provide the series win against the Cubbies, not just because it happened. See, that’s how we really need to view almost everything the Pirates do this season.
The last game I attended was back in 2019, I sat there with my youngest son honestly thinking more about what I would write that night than what the game meant to me.
Phillip Evans has gotten a load of playing time since Ke’Bryan Hayes went down with an injury after an awkward swing. Fortunately for the Pirates and Ke’ the injury wasn’t too serious and while we don’t yet know exactly when he will return to action we do know he’s eligible on the 14th.
As the storm clouds rolled in over PNC Park tonight the Pirates had already faced a bunch of demons on a night where the skyline looked fitting.
I have readers and listeners that span the spectrum of Pirates fandom. From those who say they just want to keep an eye on the team while making sure none of their money winds up in Bob Nutting’s pocket to fans who wouldn’t miss a minute and simply don’t want to hear about the owner in any capacity.
We’ll get back to more of what went wrong but let’s backtrack just a bit, all the way back to Spring Training.