Pirates Postgame: Bad Defense And Lack Of Offense Leads To Buccos Loss
It’s been a really good string of starts for JT Brubaker heading into tonight’s game, but he wasn’t as sharp and effective this time around. JT gave up a good amount of hard contact, including his first home run allowed since June 16, though thanks to the Cubs base running blunders he did only give up 2 earned.
The lack of offense was not surprising as the lineup saw not only Yoshi Tsutsugo and Josh VanMeter batting ahead of Oneil Cruz yet again, but also Josh VanMeter batting leadoff. Tonight seems to be the final straw that set DiNardo over his boiling point on the season and he lets out an early show vent based on these questionable decisions.
Thankfully, we were able to see Oneil Cruz and Ke’Bryan Hayes each have a 2-hit performance as well as Ben Gamel showcasing everything that he can do, as he apparently seems to in Wrigley Field. We also point out something that we might want to keep an eye on with Oneil Cruz’s approach.