May 31, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) is unable to catch a fly ball in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Pittsburgh Pirates Epidemic showed up again today in Los Angeles. We had a hunch that a pissed off Dodgers lineup full of well paid stars might show up on Saturday afternoon. We thought they just might jump the aggressive Brandon Cumpton. Especially after the multi-gazillion dollar roster looked silly against Francisco Liriano and the Bucs shark tank just one game ago.
So we’re really glad we forget the game started early.
It’s been nearly four years since we didn’t see one pitch, or listen to a Buccos game live. Like you, we Tivo everything and sure, the game is ready right now to watch. But why bother?
When I got home ten minutes ago, I realized I missed the game. It’s a funny feeling actually. So I jumped on MLB.com to check the box score. (Nice lineup Buccos–saving it for ESPN Sunday night, I guess) But right away, it hit us. The Dodgers had 14 hits and 12 runs. The Pirates had 11 hits and two runs.
Damn. Rough day for Brandon Cumpton. Jeanmar Gomez and Bryan Morris, oh my. When high rates of stranded runners are combined with poor starts, game after game, it’s an epidemic. And it must be frustrating as hell. The Pirates don’t roll over on anyone, but the team is at 30 losses. Not far from where we thought the club would be when you-know-who-arrives.
So anyway, we drug our tired-from-working-all-day-eyes to the crucial part of the box score. The Pirates strand runners at a ridiculous rate. We were going to go back and dig up the specifics, but you watch the games. It’s an epidemic with no end in sight.
The Pirates Epidemic continues.