Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bats Bewildered Again As Bucs Go Down 2-1

Inn the first inning, Pedro's ground ball single (with an assist to Brandon Phillips) with two down plated Neil Walker. That would be all they scored against Tony Cingrani in six innings. They got six hits and a walk off the lefty, but stranded seven runners.

Logan Ondrusek, Sam LeCure and Jonathan Broxton put up goose eggs over the final three frames.

Brandon Cumpton bopped a guy with a pitch to open the sixth and plunked another with two down. Ryan Ludwick jumped on the next pitch and doubled off the bullpen fence to chase both hit batters home, and that's all the Reds got off of Brandon.  His line was 7IP, 2R, 4H, 1BB, 4K and 3HBP. The HBP hurt, but at least we know he's not afraid to go inside.  As lasy year, the kid is showing that he belongs in a big league uniform.

Tony Watson and Mark the Shark put up goose eggs after him to keep it close.

And that was that; the Bucs scored six runs in the first game of the set and four in the last three to limp out of Pittsburgh with a brutal 2-6 home stand record.

Gerrit Cole and Shelby Miller go at it tomorrow night in St. Louis.

  • Brandon Cumpton's scoreless streak ended at 20 IP.
  • Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan reported that the Bucs had a closed door clubhouse meeting this morning. After today's loss, the Pirates have dropped 8-of-11.
  • Ryan Gaule of Bleacher Report picks five Indy hands that should play in Pittsburgh sometime this year (and Brandon Cumpton wasn't one of them.)

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