Life is not good for Pirate fans right now. I realize that’s par for the course around here, but it’s especially bad right now. We just dropped 3 of 4 to a fairly bad Arizona team, and we were shut out twice by some mediocre pitching in the process. In addition, two of the only guys on the team who actually belong on a major league roster (or at least have an argument to be on one) are involved in some heavy trade rumors. Yeah, it’s gettin’ pretty bad around here. But that’s our Bucs. Win a couple of series’ to get our hopes up, then collapse.
Game one started out innocently enough. We were tied going into the 8th, and the bullpen just puked on itself, giving up 5 runs. We were never going to come back from that. Disappointing for sure, but on a bad team like the Pirates collapses like that are going to happen. The one thing that stung a little bit was that John Grabow was involved in the melee. He’s been pretty steady. Garrett Jones and Steve Pearce both had decent days which was nice to see. This one was kind of a bitter pill to swallow, though. Especially because we took a 4-1 lead in the 5th only to see it immediately disappear into a tie game again. But these are the breaks in baseball. Not every lead is safe.
Game two was the lone bright spot in the series. There was a promotion where for every run scored in the last three games of the Arizona series, tickets for select seats for Friday’s game would be reduced by $1. Not a bad idea. And the Bucs looked like they really wanted to make up for their past poor performances by giving the fans free seats. Garrett Jones hit another home run (what else is new), but I’m waiting for pitchers to figure him out. I think most of his success has a lot to do with his new car smell. Once pitchers get a book on him, he won’t last (though I hope I’m wrong). We strung together some hits, and managed to get a 10 spot on the board! Arizona doesn’t have the fire-power to match that. $10 off tickets with 2 games to go: the fans were sitting pretty on Friday night.
But, unfortunately, it didn’t last. In game three, we spread out 8 hits, and were shut out. I will say that it was kind of a cheap shut out, though. A timely hit in one of a number of places would have put an end to that. Doug Davis was throwing a 5 hit shutout through 6 and was still yanked. That’ll tell you everything you need to know about him. But the bottom line is that we definitely didn’t deserve to win that game. Also, Evan Meek had another disastrous outing. He better get things together pretty soon.
Game four was deja vu all over again. Another shut out. It’s amazing how bi-polar this offense can be. This time the pitching culprit was Max Scherzer. 7 innings and 5 hits. We went 3 up 3 down in the 8th and 9th, so those were also our only hits of the game, too. I’ve said it before this season, but that’s an embarrassment. I don’t care who you are, getting shut out in back to back nights against a team like Arizona can’t happen. Virgil Vasquez pitched horribly. I know I kind of came to his defense last series, but that’s now 2 or 3 really bad outings in a row. Maybe I was too quick with the praise. Freddy Sanchez capped off his awful series by going 0 for 4. Maybe he’s subconsciously trying to destroy his trade value so he can stay. I don’t know.
So that’s where we stand. In a heap of trouble. On the bright side, however, Steelers training camp opens this week. It won’t be long before we can have something else to watch around here. Plus, there’s $10 off some tickets to Friday’s game. Too bad it’s the Nats in town. Oh, well. AAA baseball is still baseball (and I’m only half kidding about that). Yipee!