Ronny Cedeno - ZumaPress

Ronny Cedeno is at the plate in an important situation. Already in a two-strike count, he waves at a pitch that bounces a foot in front of home plate and six inches outside. Inning over. Somewhere on the internet, a message board commenter wonders exactly what hitting coach Don Long is teaching his players.

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.

Jeff Karstens starts an at-bat by throwing back-to-back strikes. His third pi...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.