It is definitely that time of the year where the vast majority of us turn our attention to college football and outdoor activities on a late summer Saturday afternoon. There are a few of us who still like to check in to see what is happening on the diamond. If you checked on the Pittsburgh Pirates today you saw them once again get defeated in blowout fashion by the Chicago Cubs. Today’s result being worse than yesterdays, a final of 14-1.
James Marvel is another young Pittsburgh pitcher trying to showcase himself for the 2020 season after a successful Minor League season. He has yet to find similar results at the big-league level. Today he would pitch four innings and allow seven runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. So far, his time with the Pirates has shown that he will probably start next season with the Indianapolis Indians.
The Buccos mishmash of a bullpen didn’t fair much better. Wei-Chung Wang would collect the first two outs of the fifth, but give up three runs on three hits with a strikeout and walk during that time. Clay Holmes covered the next 1.1 innings and gave up three runs on one hit with a strikeout and walk. Parker Markel took the ball in the seventh and allowed only one run on a hit with a strikeout. The final member of the bullpen to enter the game was Yefry Ramirez. Ramirez would strikeout two batters during the eighth.
There wasn’t much offense today for the Pittsburgh. Their lone run crossed the pate in the fourth inning when Kevin Kramer hit a sac fly to left field to bring in Jose Osuna. Four members of the Pirates offense accounted for all eight hits. Kevin Newman led the way with three, Osuna and Adam Frazier collected two hits apiece, and Pablo Reyes grabbed the other.
Thankfully tomorrow will mark the final time in 2019 that the Buccos will have to deal with Chicago at Wrigley Field. While a win would be the best way to finish off this series, I think holding the Cubs to under ten runs would be a win in itself. The loss today also officially eliminated Pittsburgh from postseason play, though most of us knew that a week after the All-Star break.
Record vs. Cubs: 5-9
Record vs. N.L. Central: 25-41
Record on the Road: 34-43
Overall Record: 65-84
Let’s Go Bucs!