This season has been full of disappointments and another one occurred today in a 9-6 loss to the Orioles in 11 innings. The Bucs blew a four-run lead in the 9th as Baltimore tied the game at six. Tony Watson blew the save for the second night in a row. Many fans are questioning Watson’s ability to close games and the realities are now shown. Clint Hurdle publicly said on Tuesday that Watson would remain the closer and Neil Huntington agreed. It will be interesting to see what is made of this outcome.
The team played very well besides the bullpen struggles. Chad Kuhl pitched a good game going five innings and giving up four hits. The fans choice for closer, Felipe Rivero, pitched a clean inning striking out two. Max Moroff, Elias Diaz and Jose Osuna drove in two runs each to accumulate all the scoring for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen also had two hits and Gregory Polanco recorded three hits.
The Orioles got a boost from Trey Mancini who basically won the game for them. He hit a two-run homer in the 9th to tie the game and the walk-off winner off Wade LeBlanc in the 11th. Adam Jones also homered in the game. The Bucs were swept in this quick two-game series where there very easily could have been doing the sweeping.
The team starts a much needed homestand Thursday night against the Miami Marlins. It’s the longest homestand of the season with 10 games against three teams. Gerrit Cole will start for the Bucs against former Buccos pitcher Edinson Volquez. Volquez pitched a no-hitter his last outing.