It was another solid outing by JT Brubaker that was marred by bad defense. JT only lasted 5.1 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) but it was with the help of two bad defensive plays on Oneil Cruz and one error on Rodolfo Castro. What’s frustrating about these errors is the fact that these players are way too athletic and they could easily be cleaned up by good coaching.
Though Chase De Jong did come in to clean up JT’s 6th inning, it was the next inning that stirred much controversy. With Chase only throwing 13 pitches, Shelton decided to send Duane Underwood Jr., in the 7th after throwing 37 last night. Was this the correct move? DiNardo discusses with the current bullpen construction, a chance to actually win today, and the upcoming Mets series, why he was more than ok with it.
The Pirates also gave a shimmer of hope at the end of this game, but as the 2022 Pirates typically do, with 0 outs and two men on they found a way to not score any runs. Oh, and Oneil Cruz did hit a 116 mph laser into the bullpen today.