Wow. The Bucs had quite the week while I was gone. A couple of trades (Nyjer Morgan? Wouldn’t have been my first guess of who was to go next). So, as a result, what we saw go out in Game one was quite literally a AAA team. We had 6 players in the starting lineup (including the pitcher) who were in AAA last year. How you expect to win with a lineup like that is beyond me. Seriously. I almost decided to stop covering the Bucs in this blog because I only cover professional baseball. But, I guess I have to work with what I got. So here goes.
In that first game, the AAA Pirates couldn’t get going at all. They managed only 4 hits for a team batting average of .138. Ladies and gentlemen, the future of your Pittsburgh Pirates! Man, I sure hope these guys are still in the middle of the growing process. 5 position players went hitless, and Steve Pearce narrowly avoided the golden sombrero (strike out 4 times in a game), but only because he only got 3 at bats to strike out in. Just a game that made you want to stick your head in the sand and wait for Steelers training camp to start.
Game two was defined by 1 inning. Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss rejoined the lineup to decrease the number of AAA players by 2. It looked like the same old Pirates, though. Our offense was in serious condition at the beginning of the season, and this week its been downgraded to critical condition. The Pirates got 3 hits in the 7th inning and (aided by some very wild pitching) were able to put up 4 runs. Now if we can just find a pitcher who can’t find the strike zone every game, we’ll be fine. Dropping the 7th inning, however, we had 4 hits and 5 strike outs. Not a good ratio at all. Paul Maholm was on a bit of a skid and had an OK outing. Not great. Just OK. Hopefully he can build on it, though. We got away with one here.
Game three was just sad. Wandy Rodriguez pitched a complete game 5 hit shutout against us. Wandy. Rodriguez. Not a bad pitcher, but far from Cy Young. Just embarrassing. We struck out 11 times. 11 times! Charlie Morton showed flashes of brilliance and flashes of stupidity. He pitched a first pitch strike 8 times to 22 batters. That number has to go up. But he’s young. Just overall not a good day for your International League All Stars Pirates.
So, for those playing at home, that means this series we had a grand total of 16 hits and 22 strike outs. You read that stat right. We had a combined average of .172. I’ve seen a ton of bad baseball. It comes with the territory of living in Pittsburgh. But this series has got to be the absolute worst display of hitting I have ever seen. The numbers are laughable. Now, I realize that we’re EXTREMELY young after all of the trades (I was only half kidding about that International League All Stars crack), but an average of 5 hits per game is embarrassing. I’m real frustrated right now, and it doesn’t look like its going to end soon. On the contrary, the rest of the season looks like the longest 3 months of baseball we’ve ever seen around here…….and that’s saying something.