It’s been an ugly weekend since the Bucs put up 11 runs on the Brewers Thursday night. Each game since then topped the previous one in terms of disappointment level, as the Pirates dropped three of four the Brew Crew.
Friday night was a case of the Bucs missing a ton of opportunities to come away with a win. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Charlie Morton surrendered 5 runs in the 4th-6th innings. 11 men were left on base by the Pirates, with Pedro Alvarez leaving 7 by himself.
Saturday was a back-and-forth contest, with the two teams combining for 15 runs. Ike Davis made his Pittsburgh debut with a couple of knocks, and Clint Barmes came through with a huge two-run hit. Jason Grilli came in for the save in the 9th, but, after putting a runner on, gave up a two-run go-ahead bomb to Ryan Braun to blow it. The tying-run reached first in the bottom of the 9th, but K-Rod rolled a game-ending double play.
Sunday afternoon was quite the ballgame. Gerrit Cole pitched a gem and went a career-high 8 innings, but came away with nothing to show for it. Neil Walker clobbered his 6th homer of the year, and Jose Tabata beat out an infield single to bring a second run home and put the Bucs back on top after Mark Reynolds tied the game at a run a piece. Jason Grilli blew the save by surrendering a home run to, guess who…Ryan Braun. The game went 14 innings, and finally came to an end after Khris Davis hit the Crew’s third solo homer of the game. Oh, and there was a benches and bullpen-clearing brawl in the 3rd inning, but that will be covered in a different post.
Four games coming up with the Reds. Gotta bounce back from this dreadful weekend.