State College Recap, 9/1/2010

I was in attendance this evening as the State College Spikes fell to the Auburn Doubledays by a score of 1-0. The Spikes bats went silent as the team only managed two hits in the game. Click here to read a few of my observations from the park.

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Altoona Recap, 8/29/2010

While traveling for work, I was able to stop in Altoona for a few hours on Sunday to catch a Curve game. Jared Hughes made the start for the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, which is gearing up for the postseason. Here are a few of my thoughts after taking in a 5-4 Curve loss on a beautiful evening at Blair County Ballpark.

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Is it the manager’s fault?

Lastings Milledge is on second base after leading off an inning with a double, and the Pirates appear to have something cooking. The next batter hits a two-hopper directly to the shortstop and Milledge takes off for third. He is easily thrown out. After the game, an exasperated fan calls the local radio station and asserts that John Russell has clearly lost this team. Is he right?

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Anatomy of a loss

The Pirates have managed to produce some very strange methods of losing in Milwaukee this year. Last night, Lastings Milledge misplayed a fly ball into a two-run triple, which directly led to a 7-2 loss. Let’s take a look at just one of the 349,993 ways the Pirates have found to lose a game.

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Series Preview: Pirates vs. Brewers

Probable Starters
RHP James McDonald vs. LHP Chris Narveson
LHP Zach Duke vs. LHP Manny Parra
RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Dave Bush

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