Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The worst part about being a Pirate fan is the little voice in the back of my head that pops out at the worst times to say, "Same old Pirates! Same old Pirates!" Before today the Pirates were 4-1 in extra inning games and had won 10 of their last 12 (by my count) one-run games. Guys like Jason Grilli and Mark Melancon might tip the odds in your favor in those sorts of games, but never quite that much. The Pirates are closing up a stretch of ten straight games against tough teams and they will, at the very worst, go 4-6 over that stretch. The bullpen is overworked after throwing ten innings on Monday and even though it seems like there's plenty of talent in it, no one other than Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli has really stepped up to get big outs this year. These things happen. They do, they happen.  But these things don't happen to the Pirates without a whole lot of consternation, because teams don't have 20 straight losing seasons by just shaking off five losses in six games, and so even though the Pirates are 35-24 in early June and they've got the Cubs on the schedule this weekend with some off-days to shore up the pitching staff, it's still hard to get that little voice out of the back of your head.  Let's discuss the game. Jeff Locke gave up two runs tonight (which is a lot for him lately but not so bad in the grand scheme of things), but he also struck out seven hitters in 5 2/3 innings with no real control problems while mostly keeping the ball on the ground. Of course, immediately after he came out of the game in the sixth inning Ryan Reid came in and served up a game-tying homer to BJ Upton that more or less directly lead to the loss, since there was no scoring between that point and when the Braves scored to win the game in the tenth. It's a little annoying that it was Reid, who had only 1 1/3 big league innings to his name before tonight, was the guy brought into the sixth inning with the tying run at the plate, but I'm not sure who would've been a better option there. It's too early for Melancon in the sixth, and I think Hurdle wanted a righty to face Upton. If you assume Bryan Morris was  unavailable due to his three innings on Sunday, that leaves Mazzaro, who's more or less the long guy, and Jared Hughes, who Hurdle probably wanted to keep out of the game to avoid having him serve up a game-tying homer. Of course, Hurdle had no qualms about letting Tony Watson face a slew of righties in the eighth inning, so you could probably argue that either he or Justin Wilson would've made sense against Upton, but anyway, this is sort of a question without an answer at this exact moment in time, as borne out by the results of the game.  The good news is that Pedro Alvarez hit an 0-2 Mike Minor pitch over the left-center field fence. Every time I read about Chris Davis or Domonic Brown, I cross my fingers and hope that Pedro's got the same sort of hidden vigorish.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: 49ers expect Jim Harbaugh to take Michigan job

Report: Johnny Manziel fined for being late to treatment

Duke Johnson's mother says son will enter NFL Draft

Starlin Castro questioned following nightclub shooting

Report: Jeff Driskel thinking about transfer to Duke

Browns suspend Josh Gordon for final game of season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rex Ryan has already cleaned out his office

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Nebraska chancellor booed by Huskers players?

WATCH: Rory McIlroy trolled by 'Sweet Caroline' song

Auburn, Wisconsin players literally ate tons of food

Did Kobe Bryant respond to heckler with the rings count?

Doug Fister bought Starbucks for his Twitter followers

DeMarco Murray dumped over cheating accusations?

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Nebraska chancellor booed by players?

Johnny Manziel fined by Browns

Castro questioned after shooting

Rory McIlroy trolled with 'Sweet Caroline'

Browns suspend Josh Gordon

Kobe gives heckler the rings count?

Murray dumped over cheating scandal?

Rex Ryan has cleaned out his office

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.