Charlie Morton stunk again. We are getting tired of this PhotoShop. Morton threw thirteen fastballs, yes, all fastballs in the first inning.
His fastball was between 92-94. The Pirates offense pushed a run across in the second with four singles. Morton failed to get a bunt down or another run probably would have scored. In the bottom of the second, Lance Berkman caught up to a 93 mph heater and put it in the seats in left field. Big whip. It happens. Morton didn’t react that way. He got out of the second inning, but in the third inning the stinkfest Morton returned.
He gave up a leadoff walk to Bourn. Later, Aki Iwamura failed to turn a double play which would have surely helped his pitcher. Crosby stayed back on the slow roller, but Aki continues to do his best to not impress me. It’s endless with the guy.
Morton started falling behind hitters after getting ahead on six of the first nine Astros. It happens so fast. I visually can see how shook Morton looks on the mound. It was 5-1 Astros, Morton was done. Mr. Obvious: something needs done with Morton. Something needed done after the last poor start. Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan can’t help confidence. It’s Charlies’ head that needs fixed. A number of solid outings at AAA Indy should do it.
Andy LaRoche was 4-for-4. All singles. Hell, the Bucs had 14 hits and 13 were singles. Jeff Clement crushed a double. Unreal.
Run at will. The league has a formula to beat the Pirates. Haha.
Andrew McCutchen had three hits. Bad things man, Bad Things.