On paper, the Oakland Athletics are a bad baseball team. On paper, the Pittsburgh Pirates should be able to handle Oakland in this three-game series. Baseball, however, is not played on paper, but on a field. Tonight, the Athletics played what is quite possibly their best game of the season and easily defeated Pittsburgh by the final of 11-2.
Surprisingly the Pirates led in this game. Tucupita Marcano scored when Jack Suwinski hit into a fielder’s choice in the first. Oakland tied the game with a solo home run by Shea Langeliers in the second, and then tied it up with a Seth Brown RBI double in the third. Pittsburgh would tie it one more time when Bryan Reynolds scored on a fielder’s choice. It was all downhill after that.
The Athletics would put up three runs in the sixth, four runs in the eighth, and two runs in the ninth to easily put this game away. All the runs in the eighth and ninth would come via the home run, with Jace Peterson hitting two of them.
Mitch Keller was not sharp tonight during his 5.1 innings of work. He allowed five runs on eight hits with four walks and one strikeout. His past couple starts have been off, hopefully he is not hitting a wall. Yohan Ramirez and Jose Hernandez pitched the next 1.2 innings and combined to allow two hits with a strikeout. Chase De Jong made his first appearance since being recalled from Indianapolis and it went terrible. He allowed six runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Oakland starter James Kaprielian gave the Pirates every chance to score, but they could not collect that one big hit. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with five walks and one strikeout. Sam Long covered the seventh and eighth, striking out two and allowing two hits. Trevor May pitched an uneventful ninth.
Blowouts are never good, especially against a historically bad team like the Athletics. With that being said, the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at 12:35pm gives Pittsburgh a shot at a series win, and we all know how important those are. The Pirates will look for Roansy Contreras to regain his early season form, while Oakland will send Hogan Harris to the bump.
Record vs. Athletics: 1-1
Record vs. American League: 11-17
Record at Home: 16-14
Overall Record: 32-28
Let’s Go Bucs!