It’s early July and the competition for Pittsburgh’s ‘Worst Game of the Season’ is heating up. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does.
Pittsburgh’s most recent submission was last night’s nail-biter 17-1 loss to Los Angeles.
Even some of the more basic fundamentals seemed to escape the team in the early innings. Nick Kingham forgot how to catch the ball on two separate occasions: the first when attempting to catch a throw coming from Josh Harrison on what would’ve been a 4-1 putout, and the second when Diaz casually missed his mark throwing the ball back to Kingham. These missed catches yielded an unnecessary runner and run, respectively. Perhaps, if Kingham had made those catches, the Pirates would’ve escaped the first inning without giving up any runs and we would’ve only lost 15-1. Hindsight is 20-20.
Fundamentals aside, Pirates pitchers got hit HARD. Kingham recorded the worst outing of his young Major League career, giving up eight hits, seven runs(five earned) and three walks, over three innings.
Tanner Anderson made his big league debut and looked equally awful, giving up eight hits, six runs(five earned) and two walks over two innings of work.
Steven Brault got dinged for five hits and four earned runs over two innings, also.
If there was one positive coming out of Pittsburgh’s bullpen, it would’ve been Edgar Santana striking out the side in the 8th inning on eleven pitches. Granted, that was after the majority of LA’s starters were pulled and the remainder were exhausted from rounding the bases.
The Dodger’s hitters combined to bang out 21 hits in last night’s massacre. Turner, Bellinger, and Grandal had two hits each. Taylor and Puig each recorded three hit performances. And Matt Kemp had a huge night, going five for five at the dish. Of the 21 hits, 9 of them went for extra bases while Bellinger, Pederson, Muncy, and Kemp all left the yard.
Meanwhile, Pirates hitters combined for nine hits, all but two of them going for singles. I guess it’s worth mentioning that Elias Diaz hit his 7th home run of the season. There weren’t many other positive takeaways other than Dickerson going three for three and cementing himself as one of the best slap hitters in the game.
On a side note, my favorite statistic of the day was Caleb Furguson earning his first career save while throwing three scoreless innings and finishing the game with a 16 run lead. I did not think a save situation would ever be fathomable in a game that ended 17-1.
Pittsburgh will see if they can bounce back tonight at 10:10pm when Nova takes on Kershaw.