Starting rotation takes its lumps
Sunday afternoon Bryse Wilson turned in a strong start for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 6 innings pitched he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, a walk (which was intentional) and 7 strikeouts. All 3 runs Wilson allowed were scored in a 4th inning where he was struck with some poor luck.
In this 4th inning a bloop hit turned into a ground rule double, Bryan Reynolds just missed making yet another fantastic catch and Rodolfo Castro made a poor throw on what should have been a double play ball. Any of this could have helped Wilson get out of the inning sooner, if nothing else had Castro made a better throw it would have been a double play and the Reds only would have scored 2 runs in the inning.
In a pair of starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates Wilson has now allowed 3 earned runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Watching Wilson the rest of the season will be worthwhile for Pirate fans.
Outside of Wilson the Pirate starting rotation was disaster in the series.
Wil Crowe allowed 7 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 3 home runs in 4 innings pitched in the first game of the series. In game two JT Brubaker surrendered 9 runs on 7 hits, 4 walks, 5 strikeouts, and 2 home runs allowed in 5 innings pitched. Then Saturday night Mitch Keller’s woes continued as he pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts, and a home run.
Outside of Wilson the Pirates starting rotation allowed 20 runs, 15 earned, on 22 hits, 10 walks, and 6 home runs allowed in just 14 innings pitched. The starting rotation has been a struggle throughout the season for the Pirates, this continued against the Reds.