Jason Grilli looked burnt last night

What a Long, Strange Whiff It's Been: Pirates Shutout by Dead, Giants

The Pittsburgh Pirates knew coming into the series against the San Francisco Giants that the talented World Series Champions would be tough to beat, but damn.

Last night’s game started with the San Francisco Giants’ third base coach Tim Flannery singing the National Anthem with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh. Now that’s talent.

I wish I would have known before I made my prediction of a Pittsburgh Pirates sweep that it’s impossible to win in San Francisco with thousands of Dead Heads in attendance (lead by Bill Walton, no less!) and thousands more in spirit.  That’s a can’t win situation.

The talent continued to overflow on the baseball diamond, as Giants’ starter Madison Bumgarner struck out ten Pirate batters and walked just one. It’s a trend with the Bucs, who have struck out something like 42 times in the past four games [Note: It's actually 45 times - Cocktailsfor2].

Swings are getting longer, filled with aggressiveness, tentativeness, and that-freaking-ball-was-in-the-dirtness. It’s ugly. And after listening to the Dead, I’m really hungry.  Where did that veggie burrito go?  More later…maybe

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