Pittsburgh Pirates road trip report card for June 2-7
By Joe Smeltzer
Recapping the Pittsburgh Pirates’ most recent road trip
Another Pirates road trip is in the books. This week, the Bucs took on the New York Mets for three games and Baltimore Orioles for two more away from PNC Park. What could have been a smooth sailing, 4-1 swing, ended up being a “blah” 2-3 swing, with two gut-wrenching losses at the end.
The trip started with a bang Friday night at Citi Field. The Pirates offense picked up a reeling Gerrit Cole by putting together one of it’s finest performances of the season in a wild 12-7 win over the Mets.
The next night was not a happy one. A combination of three New York home runs and the Pirates offense going 1-12 with runners in scoring position led to a 4-2 loss.
Pittsburgh left “The Big Apple” on a high note, as another offensive explosion, along with seven solid innings from Trevor Williams on the mound resulted in a commanding 11-1 win.
As bad as Tuesday night was, Wednesday was another degree of painful. The Bucs took a 6-1- that’s right, a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. Clint Hurdle’s stupidity and Tony Watson’s ineptitude led to Baltimore tying the contest at six. Losing the game from here was inevitable, and the Bucs fell 9-6 in 11 innings.
Most 2-3 road trips are mediocre. But this one was terrible. Here is a breakdown of how the Pirates performed in these five games, through a report card format.