The Pirates beat the Rockies 14-3 last night. They enter tonight’s game with a 10-7 record and Vince Velasquez on the mound. Join the discussion of the game in the comments below.
PIRATES AT ROCKIES
Game Time: 8:40 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Vince Velasquez (1-2, 5.40)
Rockies Starter: Jose Urena (0-2, 9.90)
Game 2 vs. the Rockies.
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What a wonderful feeling to wrap up the night, LGB!
Just woke up —
Good: Quality start from VV and homeruns from Suwinski!
Bad: Seemingly terrible running from Bae and some.
Does this summarize the game well so far??
That was insane…
Bednar’s body almost looks designed to take a fastball off of it… If that makes sense.
Thought Reynolds was not gonna come up with that last one……(sigh of relief…….)
Robert “Houdini” Stephenson
All sliders after the leadoff double. Nothing over 86.
Thought it was gonna bite him
Well that half inning was an adventure.
Anybody get a screenshot of the Adam & Eve QR code?
would be nice to leave Colorado with Hand on our roster
Underwood…..my butthole is puckered up tight.
Tough night on the bases, I love that we are aggressive this year so we will have that some nights
I love the aggressiveness too, but it’s debatable whether you should be attempting steals in a park known for giving up extra-base hits. We’ve been burned twice now.
While I agree, yesterday’s 2nd inning was also super aggressive but turned out to be pure perfect (& the Rockies defense looked very bad) so the Pirates tried it again. This time I think the Rockies might have prepared better. I didn’t watch the game live though – just guessing from text.
Yeah, and as Marcano was stretching what I thought should have been a double into a trip-trip-triple, I was thinking that was a bad baseball play (and it was very close). But then of course he scored a big run on the wild pitch so what do I know :)?
Even him scoring on the wild pitch was very very close to being a silly out. Staying right on the successful edge of that line is really fun to watch!
We can only hope they know when to be risky and when not to be risky 🙂 So far I’m pleasantly surprised by the baserunning minus sending Cruz that caused the injury.
TOOTBLANed away several runs already.
And the Oscar goes to Vince Velasquez tonight. 8 consecutive for the battling buccos!
Bae is learning this isn’t ‘sandlot.’ Reckless abandon is exciting when it works but when it doesn’t, it can be ugly. Caught stealing, picked off and two really bad plays in the field have miraculously not hurt the team (?) . He can be an exciting player. Hope he learns.
Well, he’s a rookie. So he probably will.
Wow, who are these guys, lol.
I don’t know, but I’m certainly enjoying it. Here’s to hoping they continue to keep it going.
That was a great comeback by after his rough first inning.
Bae, not impressing me tonight.
And that was before the error.
Wonder if the error was a bit of mental lapse after his poor baserunning
Maybe, he’s definitely a high motor guy, almost seems impulsive at times. Imo, he needs to slow down and let the game come to him.
Vince seems to have had it. Don’t wait to long to pull him.
Well, he got through five at least. And it IS Coors, even if the Rox suck.
That’s twice in a row he’s walked Sasquatch. C’mon Vince!
C’mon Jack!! Wack #4 against the Lefty!!
Rox want no more of him.
Lots of people wanted to send Suwinski to AA as of about 7 days ago. He now is on pace to put up 2 WAR offensively and be a plus defender while not getting true starter ABs. He’s also now according to Jerry DiPalo the 2nd fastest to reach 23 HR in Pirates history and has done so in 117 games. He’s also rapidly rising to the top of the team OPS. Please nobody ever say Swaggerty or Mitchell or CSN needs MLB at bags over this guy again
When Jack makes contact, he can hit the ball hard. The problem is, that doesn’t happen enough.
I haven’t seen too many people hype up CSN or Mitchell. I still wouldn’t mind seeing T Swag in a month or so if he continues to hit. He is the best defensive outfielder the Pirates have. He just has questions with the bat, just like Jack.
Vince seems to have recovered from that first inning. All their starters seem to hang in there. Maybe we should refer to a quality start as an “Oscar.”
Yes, but Vince is driving me crazy. Please, throw strikes. Command, command, command!!!
Quick MiL update: Chen, Nicolas and Ortiz all pitch well. Terrero with four more hits. Eli Villalobos making his Pirate debut and, so far, it’s not good.
That is quite a tear for Terrero. Can’t remember seeing anything like it.
Can we call him Denny? Great on dance fever in the ’80’s!
I was puzzled when he started so badly, thought I’d been seeing things last year. Maybe not.
Going to pick some nits here but would like a few more k from a guy with ortiz’s stuff, but that lineup hes facing is strong so holding them down is a feat on its own
The Rox are really reminding me of the 2020-22 Pirates. They get Bae stealing, which looks like a break when Tucu triples and Hedges is up. So they wild pitch the run in. Ouch.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
I’m trying to picture Rik Ocasek singing that.
Happy for Marcano, felt that he was having bad luck there for a while.
agree. Love the energy he brings to the game.
Jack 3 HRs in last 3 ABs and 2 were against a real pitcher! Wooooo Hoooooo!!!!
All 3 away from pnc
Cool, that’s cool, but can he do it 4 times in a row?
Jack Swack, Swack, Swack!
Ok. (To be honest the years from 2019-2021 are a bit of blur for me, from the total collapse to Covid and the tear down and rebuild) can anyone explain to me why we gave up so soon on Elias Diaz? He was considered to be the heir apparent to Cervelli, got a couple of cups of coffee in the Majors, and then was just gone! Poof? What happened to him, Considering some of the total wastes of oxygen that have taken their place for this team behind the dish in the last few years, what happened to him?
Thanks for the responses.
Well, he was shit. So there’s that.
When Diaz finally got a chance to play more he fizzled. Hitting went down and errors up. Had framing issues, if I remember i remember right he had issues throwing out base runners too.
It would be difficult to overstate just how bad he was in 2019. He had no patience and no power. I think his ISO that year was the worst in all of MLB. He has rebounded a bit, but I guess there is bit of a Coors effect there.
His defense kinda tanked, for some reason. They always liked it as a prospect, but my recollection was he mysteriously got really bad before they ditched him.
Maybe he wanted out of town!
Jack is back? Let him burn hot like the sun!
Oh, he’s gonna hate to leave Coors.
Statement series–last year Ben sent him down just before they visited Colorado.
Convince them he would be an mvp there and take back zac veen?
What if he DOES become an MVP there? He already has a home park fetish.
Zac veen and gabe hughes then!
Back to back for Jack.
There we go boys!
Umpire seems to have a wide strike zone tonight.
Reynolds shaved his pornstache. That worries me.
Struck out. Yup, I’m officially worried.
prospect thread tonight or nah?
I think the idea is to have one discussion thread for everything.
Cool cool im here for it!
Connor Joe has good hair.
Jack Swack…back to back (games thatid)
Noting the brightness and size of the ad size behind home plate. Almost hard to pick out batter, plus the camera is back so far to fit on all the ads it shrinks the actual batter etc.
Off a pitcher this time!
Oh, well. There’s a reason Velasquez’ ERA as a starter over the last three years is 5.87.
Maybe he moves to the pen as the long man over dejong at some point?
That would be ideal.
I think I am ready to see Andujar on the team over Canaan
2023 Pirates Hall of Fame class
Let’s hope for some more Bucco magic!!!
lets go bucs!
VV vs. Urena (ERA: 10, FIP: 11). Someone has to get to double digits tonight.
So pitchers duel, got it!
That aged poorly, not even an inning!