After a terrible, terrible loss in Philadelphia yesterday, the D'Backs flew over the Alabama portion of Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh. Wade Miley and Erik Bedard were the combatants in this one. The game became a pitcher's duel that no D'Backs fan asked for, and the offense continued its selective ineffectiveness, and the game was, esssentially, decided on a play with many defensive miscues. One play. This bad offense and defense spoiled some pretty good pitching from Wade Miley. The team owes him like the fifteen most expensive things on the menu at Olive Garden or something.
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The two pitchers exchanged zeroes for the first 3.5 innings. The D'Backs had a prime chance in the top of the second when Paul Goldschimdt got a leadoff double. He was moved to third base on a tapper to the right side by Justin Upton. It was a productive out! Surely we will be saved now! Lol no. Miguel Montero struck out in that hard, blind, swinging way he does, and Chris Johnson grounded out hard to third, and yet another leadoff double is wasted this year.
The Pirates got on the board first thanks to one of the most... I don't even know how to describe it. I guess "Yakity Sax as a soundtrack" defensive plays ever. Andrew McCutchen got a bloop single to center. Chris Young picked up the ball, and then did not have the ball. For a good two seconds he did not know where the ball was. For a center fielder, that's an eternity. Cutch saw this and went to second on that, but CY found the ball just in time for a play at the base that would have been close, but Willie Bloomquist did not catch it cleanly and Cutch took third. Gaby Sanchez drove in the run with a grounder to a questionably not pulled in infield to make it 1-0 Pirates. Sigh.
The Pirates had another opportunity to add on more runs in the fifth. A single, followed by a double, followed by a ground out, followed by a walk set up a bases loaded and one out situation for Josh Harrison. Miley decided to stop toying with it and just killed it by inducing a double play. The 'Backs seized on this newfound momentum by going down in order in the bottom of the inning. It's fun when it's fun.
In the seventh, Paul Goldschmidt tried to stretch a single into a double despite the fact that it was obviously a single and should have stayed a single and oh dear god why are you trying to SON OF A BITCH WHY GOLDY WHY?
The Pirates added on in the eighth on a Neil Walker infield hit (that was booted by Bloomquist) a Travis Snider single (That Hill "ole'd") and a Rod Barajas Sac Fly, all off of Mike "White Flag" Zagurski. It was 4-0 Pirates going into the ninth. Despite Chad Qualls, The D'Backs went 1-2-3 in the final inning.
In Negative WPA: Everyone Else.
COTN goes to piratedan7 for this whiticism after a remark about Zagurski giving up inherited runners:
So tomorrow at the same time and place will be the second chance for the D'Backs to avoid a sweep. Patrick Corbin will face Jeff Karstens. Be there if you want. I wouldn't blame you if you didn't.