My woefully inadequate blogging lately is the result of a move to the east coast for the summer, as I’ve mentioned before. I’m a little more settled in now so things should get more consistent, but I did miss a full contingent of games this weekend which were pretty average.
Except Jeff Locke’s complete game 3-hit shutout last night. Where the hell did that come from? He continues his up and down season, but that’s okay. We’ll take it.
The Pirates entered tonight’s pitchers’ duel with some question marks surrounding Gerrit Cole and his recent starts which were effective but not all that efficient. He turned in a similar start tonight, navigating traffic on the basepaths for six innings until he was finally burned in the seventh. Those runs conceded turned out to be the difference with a more than solid Jose Fernandez on the mound and the Pirates fell to the Marlins, 3-1.
The Buccos’ best chance was with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, no outs, and a 2-0 count on Gregory Polanco. However, Polanco took a fastball down the middle and ended his at bat with a sac fly to the deep center field warning track in Miami, scoring a run (and continuing the Pirates’ streak of being the only team in the Majors to avoid being shutout all season, for whatever that’s worth). Then the game ended and the Pirates were on the wrong end of the scoreboard.
They get two more shots at the Fernandez-less Marlins this week; don’t look now, but the schedule is gonna get pretty tough pretty soon, so getting wins against these…less talented teams is imperative.