By: Jason Rollison | June 11, 2018
In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a victory over the Cubs of Chicago yesterday by a score of 7-1. Ivan Nova, though effectively wild at times, pitched well in his return from the DL. The victory was only the club’s third in its last seven games.
It serves as a temporary reprieve for a team riddled with issues and bad play. At this point, any signs of positivity for certain players are welcomed. Gregory Polanco tallied a three-run triple, which might be a catalyst for him to return to a productive level. Josh Bell had a 1-for-1 day on the backs of three walks. The Pittsburgh Pirates will need him to be a run producer, and a day like that can jump-start that return.
The bullpen — including Felipe Vazquez, who truthfully may not have been needed — put up 3.1 scoreless innings.
It was a good team win all around, and one that could propel the team back towards performing at the level seen earlier in the season.
Let’s play the blame game
I put an interesting poll out on twitter to gauge where Pittsburgh Pirates fans would place the blame for the club’s recent struggle.
Presented without comment….some very interesting results:
#RAISEIT #Pirates beat the #Cubs 7-1 to avoid the sweep. Nova was solid in his return, giving up 1 lone run in 5.2 innings. The bullpen didn’t give up a hit. Jhay homered and had 2 hits total. Diaz had 2 hits. Polanco had a bases clearing triple. Team at Arizona next. #BUCSin280
— Pirates Breakdown (@piratebreakdown) June 10, 2018