So day three of Camo Uniforms yields day three of a loss by the Diamondbacks. My hot take is that thankfully they won’t wear them after today for performance purposes. I say this in my capacity as the official Snakepit Uniform Statistician(TM)
Yasmany Tomas got the scoring started with an RBI single in the opening frame to bring the score to 1-0.
Trevor Williams, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit two D-Backs batters. That is funny, because that’s definitely not a team trait of the Pirates. They definitely haven’t hit batters at a much bigger rate than every other team in the majors the past few years.
(Predators in 4, just for that.)
Randall Delgado, making his second spot start, was on it. He gave up a triple (which was just beyond the outstretched glove of David Peralta) and Sac-Fly in the 5th (leaving the game tied), but flummoxed the Pirates enough through 5 and 2/3rds innings. His line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, a thoroughly solid performance.
Pirates Right Fielder Gregory Polanco had an awkward and bad injury while chasing a foul ball. He got his ankle caught beneath the space between the padding on the fence in foul ground and took a bad fall. He had to be carted off.
Later in that same at-bat, Yasmany Tomas struck out on a ball that him, possibly in the cup-area. It was a perfect metaphor for today.
The Pirates struck for two runs in the 7th via a Chris Stewart triple off of JJ Hoover on a ball that just hung in the air forever, but nobody seemed to get to it in time. Stewart had to leave the game after it seemed like he pulled something on his way to third base, so there’s something to say about giving effort.
The Diamondbacks had a chance to possibly get some runs in the 8th after the first two got aboard, AND the Pirates blew a double play opportunity (as well as an opportunity to pick Chris Owings, who had wandered a little too far from third.) but Jake Lamb popped out and Nick Ahmed hit a weak grounder to end the threat.
In the 9th there were two quick outs, but Daniel Descalso got a single to bring up Chris Iannetta, who tied the game in the 9th on Friday with a clutch dinger. Is that subtle enough foreshadowing? Eh. He hit a dinger to tie it up. It was pretty exciting!
Aaaaaaand that high didn’t last very long, as Andrew McCutchen lead off the bottom of the 9th with a dinger off of Archie Bradley. And since it was that inning, that ends the game. That HR extended the game by all of five minutes, but it’s better to see the fight than not.
Guy who hit homer in 9th: Iannetta, +36.8%
Guy who gave up other homer in 9th: Bradley, -36.9%
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Tomorrow Robbie Ray hits the mound, and that’s been pretty good lately. Tune in!