Kyle McPherson Goes Five Against Rays, Gives Up Five

For most of the day, we had a bad feeling. It started when we saw the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup earlier today.  Kyle McPherson didn’t have the best Pittsburgh Pirates defense behind him.  Perhaps it’s another training exercise of some sort?

As we wrote this afternoon, McFear would have to take matters into his own right hand.

He didn’t.

Sure, the Bucs awful defense didn’t help.  But we’re not sure much of that matters anymore.

McPherson’s night started off great.  Desmond Jennings grounded out to Gaby Sanchez at third base.  Ben Zobrist popped out.  Matt Joyce flew out to Josh Harrison in left.  A one, two, three inning what was just what the doctor ordered.

In the second inning, Evan Longoria grounded out to Clint Barmes to lead off the inning, but Shelley Duncan ripped a home run down the left field line.  For most of the night, it was the only damage.  McPherson came right back to get Yunel Escobar to fly out to Jose Tabata in right and whiffed James Loney to end the inning.

Jose Molina grounded out, Desmond Jennings grounded to third basemen Sanchez, who tried to bare-hand the ball, but it went off his hand into foul territory allowing Jennings to race to second base.  But again, McFear bounced back and got Zobrist to ground out to Brandon Inge at first.

Matt Joyce grounded out to start the fourth, Evan Longoria flew out to Jose Tabata, and Shelley Duncan grounded out to…..OH WAIT, BRANDON INGE DROPPED THE FUC er, FREAKIN’ BALL.   But after a Yunel Escobar single, the final out of the inning was secured.

But the ticking time bomb was about to go off in the fifth inning.  And it all started with a walk to Jose Molina.  McPherson never issues walks.

It was mostly downhill from there.

We’re going to take a break now to throw some breakable things.




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