It was an ugly day for anyone associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. News broke in the early afternoon that All-Star Closer Felipe Vazquez had been arrested for multiple charges dealing with sexual misconduct towards a minor. News like this makes something as simple as a baseball game have very little meaning. That being said, Pittsburgh did open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners tonight at PNC Park.
Seattle controlled the game from start to finish, and one could assume that the Pirates had their minds elsewhere. Dee Gordon plated the first run tonight in the second inning on a sac fly to right field. A single by Shed Long in the fifth gave the Mariners a two-run lead. Back to back home runs by Omar Narvaez and Austin Nola in the sixth increased their lead to four. Lone would strike again in the seventh with a solo homer and Narvaez hit an RBI single to finish off the 6-0 victory.
Mitch Keller picked up his fifth loss of the season tonight. He would pitch five innings and allow two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. These numbers are an improvement over the majority of his starts this season. Marco Gonzales earned his 16th win of the year after working seven innings of scoreless baseball on the night.
The news of Vazquez makes this season look a million times worse for the Buccos. It was one thing to endure losing, bad management, a terrible owner, and infighting within the clubhouse. But for one of your few star players to get arrested for this, makes me want this season to be over with immediately. Unfortunately, we fans must suffer through eleven more contests in 2019.
Record vs. Mariners: 0-1
Record vs. American League: 12-6
Record at Home: 31-42
Overall Record: 65-86
Let’s Go Bucs!