Oh, those Pirate bats. Maybe they should petition MLB to let them try aluminum sticks; sure as heck the ones made out of maple and ash aren't doing them any good.
They lost 1-0 in ten innings today. The immediate cause was Matt Capps coming up short in the tenth. But the real reason is that Pirate hitters are putting too much pressure on their pitchers to be perfect.
Capps come on in the tenth, and had a runner on second via a single and sac bunt with two away. He walked Andres Torres, who was 0-for-4 and batting .240, and Randy Winn bounced the next pitch, a hanging slider, up the line into right to score new Pirate nemesis Eugenio Velez.
But the truth is that if you go ten innings and muster three hits and two walks and get a pair of runners to second - none made it as far as third - you're gonna lose, even if Zach Duke gives you seven innings of six-hit, shut-out ball.
Such is the current state of the Pittsburgh Pirates.