Pittsburgh Pirates: Grading the Series Split Against the Reds

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 04: Anthony Alford #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Gregory Polanco #25 and Bryan Reynolds #10 after the final out of 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds during game two of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 04: Anthony Alford #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates with Gregory Polanco #25 and Bryan Reynolds #10 after the final out of 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds during game two of a doubleheader at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 04: Ke’Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a triple to center field in the second inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 04: Ke’Bryan Hayes #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a triple to center field in the second inning during game two of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on September 4, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

Bucco Bats

In Friday’s double header, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a pretty meh day offensively.

Game one saw the Bucs score just 2 runs, while walking just twoce and collecting just a pair of extra base hits. In the night cap, they did score 4 runs, but, again they walked just twice while collecting just two extra base hits.

The two extra base hits in game one were doubles, one by Gregory Polanco and one by Erik Gonzalez. Then in game two they got a pair of tirples, one from Ke’Bryan Hayes and one from Anthony Alford.

Satruday night the Bucs again mustered just 2 runs, this was despite drawing six walks and collecting seven hits. However, the team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 men on base.

As was the case on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates had plenty of opportunities to score on Sunday. Once again, the offensive struggled mightily with RISP. The team went just 2-for-9 with RISP, but, thanks to great bullpen work, it was enough to pick up a victory.

Overall in the series, the team was just 4-for-33 with RISP. Woof.

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The Verdict

The Pittsburgh Pirates had plenty of opportunities to score over the weekend. However, continued struggles with RISP was a major issue for the Pirates. Due to this, the overall grade for the Pirate offense in this series is not good.

Grade: D

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