Russell Martin had two hits, including one of the solo homers, in the Pirates’ losing effort. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Losing in Cincinnati does not harm Pittsburgh’s playoff chances as much as one might think. The Reds and Pirates are still on a collision course for the NL Wild Card Playoff (43% chance this is the Coin Flip Game matchup), and even after a loss the Bucs are still 8.5 games ahead of being out of the postseason picture.
However, the dropping Friday night’s game 5-3 showed one of the Pirates’ major weaknesses and hurt their chances to do something for the first time in two decades.
1. The Bucs are still frustratingly poor at hitting with runners on base.
People who pegged the 5-0 deficit in the 5th inning as the start of PIRATES COLLAPSENING 3.0 are idiots. Their overall frustration, though, is understandable. Pittsburgh’s offense has been about as maddening as a 56-38 team’s offense can be. The Pirates collected 10 hits but still went 0-for-6 with runners in scorin...