Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 7/17/12

The Pirates had a dreadful night at the plate and fell apart on the mound/in the field for one inning, much like they did on Sunday. It was about to be a very annoying and frustrating loss, until the Bucs put two on in the ninth inning with Pedro Alvarez coming up–representing the tying run.

Then the umps stopped the game for rain, delaying the game almost an hour. And on the first pitch following the delay–from a new lefty reliever–Pedro crushed one for a game tying opposite field blast.

That could have been one of the moments of the year for the Pirates. It was a bland game, just two outs away from becoming an ugly loss. Then there was a glimmer of hope, only to be dashed by the rain…and then for those that waited it out (and there were some vocal Pirates fans in Denver behind the dugout that waited it out), Pedro madeit all worth it. Just KNOWING that it was a possibility he would go deep…then waiting and waiting and waiting…and then BOOM….awesome. If the Bucs had pulled off the win, we’d remember this one for a while.

Unfortunately, Jason Grilli came in and had an uncharacteristically bad inning and the Pirates ended up losing anyway, making it all kinda not-worth-it. I was happy to see him pitching in a tie game, but it didn’t work out well and now the Bucs have lost three of four to subpar teams following the break.

Jeff Karstens was very good, except for that fifth inning. A leadoff walk got him into some trouble, then some well placed hits and some shoddy defense followed (Josh Harrison has no business playing RF) and the Rockies were on top 4-1 just like that. It was all they would need, and ruined an otherwise strong effort for Jeff.

The offense was inexcusably bad against starter Jeff Francis and Rockies reliever Josh Roenicke. The Bucs tallied seven hits in the first eight innings, but all were singles and none seemed to come at the right time. The only run before the HR came courtesy of Karstens himself, when he hit a high chopper over the first baseman’s head for an RBI single. The Pirates only struck out once on the night (season low) and the Rockies made a number of good defensive plays, but it was still a very poor effort at the plate for the visitors–especially against some extremely hittable pitchers at Coors Field. Pedro’s blast was great, but the Bucs still needed to do more with the bats.

Rockies 4, Pirates 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 49-40 / Next: Wednesday, at Rockies, 8:40

MVP: Alvarez (+.308)  / LVP: Grilli (-.343) / Key play: Pedro’s HR

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