The Pirates lost to the Marlins 4-3 in the 12th inning today. After getting no-hit through 6 innings by Wei-Yin Chen, who didn’t pitch like a guy who didn’t give up hits through 6 innings, they finally broke through in the 7th on a two-run double by who else but Matt Joyce. This guy is the real deal. Joyce was in the game to begin with because of an injury that Gregory Polanco suffered earlier in the series, described as “left foot discomfort,” for which he’s seeing a doctor.
The Pirates were then down to their last strike in the 9th when John Jaso came through with a single that scored Jordy Mercer. Jaso was in the game because David Freese was hit by a pitch earlier and had to leave with “right hand discomfort.” The runner who scored on Jaso’s hit was Jordy Mercer, who was on base after getting hit by a pitch and left the game after scoring the tying run with “left elbow discomfort.”
It was all for naught, though, as the Pirates lost the game in the twelfth. Addition to the aforementioned casualties, Andrew McCutchen left the game with “right thumb discomfort” and Francisco Cervelli left the game with “right foot discomfort.” I feel discomfort just by thinking of all that discomfort: left foot, right hand, left elbow, right thumb, and right foot.
This is bad. The Pirates have had a seriously uninspired runs lately, and all of a sudden, that 4.5 game gap between them and the vaunted Cubs has been stretched to 8.5 games, not to mention the significant injuries to all of these players. To be honest, I’ve never really seen anything ilke this.
It will be interesting to see how the Pirates handle this. You can’t really carry five guys on your bench who are injured without putting someone on the disabled list. I would suspect that 1-2 of these injured players, likely those with the most serious-seeming injuries, will hit the DL and yield to some AAA dudes for the next two weeks. Maybe this will be our first chance to see Josh Bell, who can ostensibly play first base or outfield and fill in for McCutchen, Polanco, or Freese. Let that be a potential silver lining in what was a terrible day for the Buccos.
Regardless, this is a pretty low point in the season and I suspect, looking back, we’ll talk about how bad of a day this was for the 2016 Pirates.