Well, the 8,413 Pirate fans who showed up “hungry” got to see ANOTHER incredible pitchers’ duel. I mean, I know I keep writing this, but it is really true.
We just dropped to 8 – 11 by getting shut out by the Pirates 2-0. Of the 19 games we’ve played, we’ve been shut out FOUR times.
It’s not that Roy was bad – he certainly had a quality start – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB and 6 K – he looked decent except in the 7th, where, clearly tired, he walked the first 2 batters, loaded the bases, but managed to escape giving up only 1 run.
Oliver Perez, who had SUCKED all year, sharpened his claws on our el-sucko lineup. Now let’s be honest here – Matt Morris pitched well enough to let us beat ourselves ( if it had been Roy pitching, OR if we had had a decent LF, we might could have won last night) but Perez was absolutely ELECTRIC – looked like the guy who pitched 8 unbelievable innings of 3 hit ball with 1 BB and 14 K (and remember that THAT lineup had Kent and Berkman) against us and made me think of Randy Johnson only 20 years younger. Well, THAT lineup showed up tonight and that slider was sliding and the FB was basically almost unhittable.
And speaking of hitting, we have 138 K in 19 games – 7.3 K/ game. We are NOT working the counts – I’m gonna go thru my scorecards and check, but I KNOW we aren’t taking enough pitches, especially lately. What’s odd about this is that Phil has a rep as a guy who HATES strikeouts, even in TTO guys with a decent average like Jose Valentin and Jeromy Burnitz…
And speaking of stupid, how STUPID was it to send poor Ensberg on that hit and run – they was just WAITIN for it – Perez threw that high FB that poor Burke hadta just kinda wave at to try to protect Ensberg who was out by 15 feet. I mean, Perez was almost unhittable from the windup – woudn’t it be a good idea to try to see if we could get to him from the stretch?????????
We are leaving a LOT of MOB – tonight Jason Lane left 2, Bagwell left 2 Chavez 1, Burke 1 and Bruntlett 1. Jason Lane hasn’t hit worth ^*%@! since he moved from 5th to cleanup and has only 1 RBI since April 17. His high average is with no one on.
Not sure what translates to winning among the other NL teams – what I would bet DOES go hand in hand with winning is hitting with RISP and not leaving a high percent of MOB. Also, playing against the Stros…. grumble
So this year gonna be used for teaching my kids to stick to the team even though they suck…