Pittsburgh Pirates road trip report card for 8/6-8/15

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 and manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates embrace after Tallion finished a complete game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 and manager Clint Hurdle #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates embrace after Tallion finished a complete game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 7: Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on August 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Starting pitching – the good

Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams each tossed gems with Taillon pitching a complete game in Denver and Williams throwing seven shutout frames in San Fran. The road trip also featured gritty performances by Chris Archer and Ivan Nova and hard-luck outings from Archer and Joe Musgrove. Over the past seven games, there was only one starting pitching performance that can be classified as bad, and I think we all know what that was.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 10: Clay Holmes #68 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on August 10, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Starting pitching – the bad

Although the decision to start Clay Holmes Friday night has been talked about more than necessary, it was a head scratcher, and thus became the only glaring negative to take from a starting pitching standpoint this road trip.

Overall, the Pirates starting pitching has stepped up, and is certainly not to blame for the teams “meh” August thus far.

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