Send Help. Quick. Pirates Lose in 11th.


The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t very good.  You know that.  San Diego took three of four games from the Bucs in the series.

The Pirates are spiraling toward 100 losses.  It is a train wreck and I just can’t take my eyes off of it.

Watching 4,000 (ahem) fans in the stands is such a statement to the current state of affairs at PNC Park.

The team battles.  The team doesn’t have enough talent to win.  Sloppy.

The San Diego Padres scored five runs off Jeff Karstens in the eleventh inning to bust open a 6-6 game.  It was an ugly inning, but so was the game for the Pirates.

The Padres mashed eighteen hits off Pirates pitchers.  The Pirates reached double digits in hits for the first time since September 6.

Here are some random innings for you to absorb:

The Pittsburgh Pirates tenth inning began with an Andrew McCutchen walk.  Cutch moved to second on a hit and run groundout by Andy LaRocheGarrett Jones was intentionally walked.  Neil Walker came up as a pinch hitter for Steven Jackson.  Walker worked a 2-0 count, he then fouled off two pitches and ground into a double play.  Inning over.

The Pittsburgh Pirates ninth inning began with the Bucs trailing 6-5.  Ryan Doumit leadoff with his third hit off the game.  Brian Bixler pinch ran for Doumit.  Lastings Milledge tried to bunt on the first two pitches fouling both off.  He then ripped the baseball into right field for a single.  Steve Pearce, batting .194 with RISP, came up with runners on first and third.  He battled to earn a walk. 

Bases loaded and nobody out for the Pirates.

Delwyn Young hit a weak grounder to first that was fired home for an out and the relay throw back to first hit Young allowing him to reach base.   Ronny Cedeno hit a slow grounder past closer Heath Bell that was fielded by the second baseman and thrown to first for the second out, which allowed Milledge to score and tie the game. 

The Bucs did nothing else in the inning.

In the eighth inning, Pearce earned a leadoff walk.  Yound ripped a double into right field that was misplayed.  A weak groundball by Cedeno was booted.

Bases loaded nobody out for the Pirates.

A groundout to short scored a Pirates run.  A flyout to right field followed and then Andrew McCutchen (batting .344 with RISP) ripped a two run double into the right centerfield gap giving Cutch 50 RBI on the season.  LaRoche flew out and Jones struckout to end the inning, but the Bucs did rally to make the score 6-5.

A lot of other madness happened in between including an insane baserunning blunder that I can’t even describe.  Thanks Gonzalez for letting Pearce and DY off the hook.

In the Pirates third inning, the bases were loaded.  Milledge flew out to short to end the inning.

Garrett Jones hit number 20.  A bad shoulder can’t stop Legend.  [Video]

Just shut down Jesse Chavez.  Come on.

I am going to stop writing.  Bring on the Reds!  Zach Duke will try and snap his three game losing streak.