|Ivan's still searching (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Walks and homers keep haunting Ivan; he said post game that he's strong but location has been killing him. Dunno about the strong part, but amen to the location. The offense is and will be spotty; it needs Cutch, J-Bell and Fraze to generate some production around the two or three pups and the usual suspects that should be in the September lineup. As for the pitching, well good luck with seven starters and a dozen relievers. We just hope someone young (not just Huddy or George Kontos) gets to see the eighth inning with the lead, as advertised when Juan was jettisoned.
- Cutch and Freeser had two hits each; the Pirates had six as a team.
- The Pirates had two runners reach second; none made it to third.
- The Bucs have lost five in a row.
- C Jacob Stallings was the only position player who was called up as Elias Diaz, Jose Osuna, Max Moroff, Jordan Luplow & Chris Bostick are already rostered (Austin Meadows isn't on the 40-man yet). We'd expect to see more of Steven Brault and Tyler Glasnow and less of Ivan and Jameson Taillon in the next three weeks and good luck with the bullpen - it's now 12 members strong. The September roster has 35 players on it.
- If you're keeping count, four members of the 40-man didn't get a call (Clay Holmes, Drew Hutchison, Nick Kingham, Gift Ngoepe). Cervy (10-day) and J-Hay (60-day) are on the DL and Jung Ho Kang is on the reserved list.