Game #8 Recap – Reds 9, Pirates 2
While Pittsburgh was enjoying a Penguins playoff victory, the Pirates were busy losing their fifth game of the season. Immediately following the Pirates first series sweep of the 2017 season, they themselves were swept at home by the Cincinnati Reds. For the first time since 2014, the Reds swept a team on the road, and for the first time in nearly nine years, the Reds swept the Buccos at PNC Park.
- Andrew McCutchen: I fully intended on leaving the winners section blank in this game recap, but was persuaded by fellow yinzyap writer Joe to add Cutch here. He had a decent series at the plate – by far his best stretch of the young season – and went 2-for-4 with a run scored last night. He greatly improved his batting average from where it was coming in to this series, and hopefully this is a sign of a more consistently dependable McCutchen in the everyday lineup.
- Antonio Bastardo: Enough of this guy already! Enough! Bastardo is by far the Least Valuable Player on this team so far, and it isn’t that close. His 20.25 ERA actually seems to generous a figure to use as a descriptor for his performance thus far. Last night, in 2/3 of an inning, Bastardo allowed four runs on two hits, thanks to two walks. He has been really bad, allowing at least one earned run in each of his four appearances so far, yet Hurdle seems inclined to use him as much as possible. Antonio has pitched in three of the last four games, and he has gotten worse with each one. It doesn’t take any kind of genius to realize Bastardo is really struggling out there as a reliever, so why are we still putting him in almost every night? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result; Clint Hurdle, are you insane?
- Pirates Offense: After a seven inning stretch of reliever no-hit the Pirates on Monday night, we hoped for an offensive rebound on Tuesday. It didn’t happen, and this game was just as bad. The team combined for seven hits and a single walk, and allowed just two of those baserunners to reach home. Through the entire three game series, the Pirates did no have a hit with a runner in scoring position, which happened 24 times. There is no single individual with a terrible time at the plate so far this season; it is simply a failure of the entire team to string together hits and especially to get hits with RISP.
Little late on this, but Peraza stole a base every game this series. Reds are 7-7 on steal attempts
— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) April 13, 2017
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) April 13, 2017
Penguins got this in the bag as long as they don't put Bastardo in.
— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) April 13, 2017