July 30, 2019
It’s official Pittsburgh Pirates fans. The Bucs have hit rock bottom and not just by holding onto last place in the National League Central division.
Last night the Pirates lost to the team that used to sit in last place in the division, the Cincinnati Reds and lost in a most embarrassing way. Not only did Pittsburgh trade Jordan Lyles to the Milwaukee Brewers prior to the game he was also scheduled to start Monday night’s game.
So replace him, manager Clint Hurdle sent an inexperienced Alex McRae to the mound, a man who had not yet started a game in the major leagues and a player holding a 0-3 record. End result? McRae gets shellacked and the Pirates get spanked 11-6. The worst part of the game? The most embarrassing aspect? That the Pirates surrendered 10 of those 11 runs in just ONE inning.
The onslaught came early. Cincinnati put up a 10 spot in the second inning and only scored one run after that. This is the 9th straight loss for the Pirates and they haven’t had a losing streak like this in eight seasons. In 2011 they lost 10 in a row. For McRae, he was only able to get four batters out as the Reds experienced their biggest outage since 2015.
For Cincinnati it was role reversal as they yielded 10 runs in a single inning to division rival St. Louis just a little under two weeks ago as that score was much closer than what took place last night. The Cards won that game 12-11. In that ill-fated second frame, the Reds hammered out six hits and earned three walks. 13 batters came to the plate in just the second inning. A grand slam by José Iglesias was part of that 10 run outburst.
To add insult to injury, Cincinnati saw every player that came to the plate in the second inning also cross home plate for a run. The Reds have not done that since 1975 when they accomplished the feat against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That was the year of the “Big Red Machine.” The Reds also scored 10 times in an inning on August 24, 2015 when they beat up on the Tigers. For Clint Hurdle, times are tough. In this stretch since the all-star break, the Pirates have led an opposing team just three times once the fifth inning has been played.
“It's hard right now, there's no doubt about it. We battle adversity in different areas just about every night”
One other topic today worth mentions. Kudos BIG TIME to UFC fighter Cris Cyborg who is standing up the “bully” known as UFC President Dana White. Cyborg says she will not sign a new contract with the UFC until White apologies. Her comments:
“Of course he has to apologize. I think he has family, he has kids. ... I don't know if he has a heart, but I think what he's doing is not just touching me because he doesn't like me. He's touching the people around me, he's touching my family and it's not right. I'm suffering bullying. Where is the code that you don't do this? He is the boss. How does the boss make fun of his athlete? ... You have to have rules. This is not right. Every woman deserves the right to go to work in an environment free of sexual harassment, online bullying, and work place intimidation.”
It's a shame that more fighters are jumping on Cyborg's bandwagon especially the female fighters. If that was the case then perhaps we could rid the sport of Dana White once and for all.