Originally written on WHYGAVS?  |  Last updated 11/16/14
This is about as frustrating as losses get. The Pirates went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position tonight against Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Aroldis Chapman. Francisco Liriano turned in one of his smoother starts as a Pirate (six innings, 84 pitches, six strikeouts, five hits, two walks), except that two of the hits he gave up were solo home runs. Bryan Morris followed that up with two solo home runs allowed in the eighth inning, which provided the game with its final margin.  That's not to say the game was without highlights for the Pirates; there was Liriano's strong start, Starling Marte's ridiculous full-extension diving catch to rob Brandon Phillips of an RBI extra base hit (I don't think I can aptly describe this catch; Marte appeared to be shaded a bit towards center and Phillips hit a line drive to left, Marte covered a ton of ground and laid completely out to catch the liner as it both sunk and sliced away from him), and some great Andrew McCutchen high-speed ba...
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