You know what? I’m running out of ways to say, “The Pirates played poorly and lost.” I want to say, “they’re just in a rut right now,” but that’s an awful big rut. Now we know for certain that the Pirates will not have a winning season in 2010. Without a 41-game winning streak, losing season number 18 is all but assured.
Also, because of the way the game ended I decided to look this up: Pedro Alvarez had struck out 21 of 27 times he got to an 0-2 count.