If I were to write a script for a Pirates loss, it would read like this:
- Starting pitcher throws well through six innings, holding the opposition to just a couple of runs. In the 7th, he becomes fatigued and his pitches are being hit a bit harder. Jim Tracy arguably stays with this pitcher just a tad too long.
- As the game is slipping away from the Pirates in the 7th, a pivotal defensive play is not made. This play is not routine, but a good team generally gets the out.
- The opposing pitcher no-hits the Pirates into the 7th inning.
- I have always enjoyed "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, so we will add an option at this point. If you would like the Pirates to (a) go down easily over the final three innings, turn to page 201. They will manage only a two-out single in the 9th inning. If you would like the Pirates to (b) rally and attempt a comeback, turn to page 63. They will put up five runs, but will ultimately lose by one as the tying run is stranded at second base in the 9th inning.
After being no-hit for two-thirds of the game, Jim Tracy says that the Pirates had their chances to win. According to the skipper, "The one big hit that we need, it continues to avoid us." Maybe we just needed some base runners in the first six innings. I don't know. Maybe we need to stop sugarcoating things.
Davis to join Pirates
After the game, the Pirates designated Humberto Cota for assignment and recalled Rajai Davis from AAA Indianapolis. Davis is a 26 year-old centerfielder who was hitting .318 with the Indians this season. He has good speed with little power. Jim Tracy did not divulge how he will be used, but I expect this move will shorten the leash on Chris Duffy in center. They are similar players, and while I do not expect Davis to be any better than Duffy, management may be looking for some kind of spark for the offense. Hopefully, Bautista will remain in the lead off spot even if Duffy loses his starting job to Davis.
Cota will be placed on waivers and can be claimed by another team or traded. If neither happens over the next ten days, he can accept an assignment to AAA or become a free agent.