There are no hard in fast rules anywhere in baseball or in life, but giving Chris Carpenter a four-run lead before he throws a pitch is a really good way to ensure that you don't win a baseball game. The Pirates did just that tonight and even though they got to Carpenter a little bit as the game wore on, they just couldn't ever pull themselves back into it. Garrett Jones and his trademark awful baserunning didn't help in the sixth, nor did Chris Resop serving up a homer to dead center by Yadier Molina, but the four-run deficit was what did them in.
So what now? The Pirates have lost two in a row for the first time since their four-game losing streak against the Indians and Orioles. A good team will bounce back with a strong effort tomorrow. How do the Pirates respond to their first real challenge since their surge to the top of the division? We'll find out in the next two days.
i sat next to a big family from STL last night. When Pujols was booed before his first at-bat, the dad said "you folks really don't like him here, do you?" I said "no, actually we all love Albert – think he's amazing – it's just that he always does *CRACK!* ... that."
* ball lands in CF seats *
i wish i had that kind of timing for the Pirates...
No kidding. Just a disappointment to open the biggest three-game set in PNC Park history with a four-spot before you get to hit. That said, I thought the Bucs at least battled. Also hard to win when the first three hitters in the lineup go 0-for-12. That's going to happen sometimes but this was a big sometime.
Was there any explanation during the broadcast for McKenry trying to go first to third on a single to center? Cuz that sucked, too.
I'm just not that upset about this game. The only thing sthat really bothered me were Jones' baserunning and walking the eight hitter to get to Carpenter (I just like the idea of leading off an inning with the pitcher.) Maholm had a bad night, but those happen sometimes. I was pretty happy to see the offense get so many hits off Carpenter, and it might have been more if it weren't for some good defense robbing Neil Walker.
@bwzimmerman I hate how good Pujols is in PNC Park. It's like his home away from Busch.
@apk That's definitely not the first baserunning mistake the team has made going from second to third, and I'm wondering what role Nick Leyva is playing in it, if any at all.
@Kidspud @apk No, they didn't explain it. I think this one is on McHenry because the play happened right in front of him. The ball dropped in very shallow center (more like deep 2B) so I think he thought the CF would try for a play at the plate.
The Jones mistake pisses me off infinitely more. The broadcasters didn't want to say it but on the replay, you could see the Jones stood in the box for a good couple seconds because I guess he thought the ball was going foul. In fact, nobody saw the ball well except for Overbay who was actually at 3B about a step behind Cutch (so you know he left REAL early). If you don't bust it out of the box and are a fairly slow runner to begin with, it is inexcusable to try and stretch it for a double. Hurdle should bench him for a week for that bit of stupidity.