Goodbye to the Boscan Experiment

There were some good and bad things that happened in the Pirates 15-4 loss to the Giants tonight, but the bad things outweighed the good.

Some of the bad things: Boscan cruised through three innings of work until getting bombed in the 4th inning for a 7-spot that included a grand slam by Angel Pagan.

More bad things: Mr. .220 hitter on the season, Conor Gillaspie suddenly turned into the Giants version of Joe DiMaggio and ripped four hits and four RBIs, two of them coming on a home run off Boscan in the 4th.

Another bad thing: Johnny Cueto continued his dominance over the Buccos and rolled to an easy victory.

Bad thing: The Pirates surrendered 15 runs on 22 hits.

Bad thing: You can close the book on the Jorge Rondon tryout as well as he gave up six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. His ERA sits at 17.18.

Bad thing: The umpires clearly just wanted to end this game and called Erik Kratz out on a blatant foul ball that should have extended the at-bat and the game for at least one more pitch.

OK, here are some good things about this game. This game got weird and was actually entertaining. It got so weird that Erik Kratz pitched a scoreless inning of baseball in the 9th inning. It’s always interesting when a position player is forced to pitch and Kratz didn’t disappoint. He even struck out Brandon Belt to start the frame. All in all, he gave up two hits, no runs and struck out one in what was the first scoreless inning the Pirates pitching posted since the 3rd inning in this game. Seriously.

Good thing: David Freese belted a home run and drove in another on a double in the 9th inning.

That was about it for good things from this game. Just like Monday’s night game that only counted for one win after beating Bumgarner, thankfully this game only counts as one loss.

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