Game #6 Recap – Reds 7, Pirates 1
For the first time this season, the Pirates’ #5 starter took the mound, and it was just as bad as you expected. Tyler Glasnow was absolutely pitiful in his season debut, and it is truly a miracle he was allowed to continue his outing beyond the 1st inning. He ended his night after 1 2/3 innings of dreadful pitching, in which he faced 14 batters, allowed four hits, walked five, and let in five runs.
- Wade LeBlanc: The lone bright spot for the Pirates was long reliever Wade LeBlanc, who tossed 5.1 innings of one run ball. He didn’t record any strikeouts, but he didn’t need them. The lone run he allowed came off a Eugenio Suarez homer in the 5th inning. Other than that, which was the only hit he allowed, LeBlanc was fantastic. Apparently LeBlanc was viewed as a power hitter too, because Clint Hurdle let him bat twice with the bases loaded in a still competitive game, a move highly criticized by fans on Twitter.
- Reds Bullpen: Lorenzen, Reed, and Peralta struck out nine and sat down 21 Pirates batters in a row. Their seven combined innings of lights-out pitching sped up a game that was moving extremely slow through the first few innings of painful baseball.
- Neil Huntington: It is not fair to blame Tyler Glasnow for tonight’s implosion. He should not be in this spot. The #5 spot in the Pirates big league rotation was pretty much set in stone for Drew Hutchison, but he was so bad in Spring Training the Bucs were left with no choice but to send Glasnow north, despite his horrific Spring and well-known deficiencies. Neil Huntington knew it was a bad decision, and that’s why the Pirates have managed to delay his start for as long as possible. Tyler Glasnow has absolutely no place in this team’s rotation, and Neil Huntington knows it. His failure to find a capable starter for the 5th spot could easily go down as the biggest failure of this season. Anyone know if Jeff Locke is itching to come back to Pittsburgh?
- Antonio Bastardo: Enough is enough with this guy. His 13.50 ERA is an atrocity, and he can’t help but give up dingers in each appearance. I’ve had enough, cut your losses and break away from the final remnant of the Neil Walker/Jon Niese trade. Bastardo is single-handedly bringing mediocrity into the Bucco bullpen.
- Pirates Offense: The last 21 Pirates batters were retired by a dominant Reds bullpen. Before that, they combined for 5 walks, 4 hits, 1 run, and 13 strikeouts. They stranded 8 men on base, including back-to-back innings with the bases loaded.
The Pirates let LeBlanc hit twice with the bases loaded
But I just got a refill on my souvenir cup and she didnt take the sticker off heyyy
— Mike Tam (@mike10003) April 11, 2017
The homestand rolls on Tuesday night as the Buccos look to bounce back against the Reds.