Vance Worley Can’t Capitalize on Early Pirates Lead

After closing the first half of the season on a high note, the Pirates dropped their second straight game to kickoff the second half, losing 8-5 in Milwaukee on Saturday to the Brewers.

After beginning to warm up in the bullpen prior to the game, expected starter Francisco Liriano felt some stiffness in his neck, was scratched from the start, and he was replaced by Vance Worley.

The Pirates got Worley some support early, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning. They also took advantage of some Brewers miscues to get the early start.

The loss of Liriano was felt in the contest, as Worley struggled to put hitters away most of the night. In the second, Worley was not able to retire his pitching counterpart Jimmy Nelson, who picked up a two-run single to right. Worley also allowed a run in the third, and a two-run homer to Jonathan Lucroy in the fourth.

“It was a crazy game,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Their pitcher was able to regain himself. We gave Worley a yell 25 minutes before the game that he’s going to start. He poured everything he had into the outing. He battled, but he ran out of gas.”

After the first inning, Pittsburgh spread only two more hits until they broke through in the seventh with a pair of runs. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte each added doubles in the frame.

“We scratched and clawed on offense and got back into the game, but it was just not enough,” Hurdle said.

Nelson once again had the Pirates’ number, as he was dominant in the mid innings. He ended up giving up four runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings, with three walks and eight strikeouts. The final line is a bit deceiving, as he had some bad luck in the first and may have been left in the game too long.

Polanco picked up his hot stretch where he left off before the break with two hits and a pair of runs. Marte also picked up a pair of hits, and Andrew McCutchen scored twice. However, the Brewers were set to not let the former MVP beat them, walking him three times.

Pittsburgh also only got two hits out of the five through nine spots in the order.

Worley allowed seven hits and five runs in four innings of work. Deolis Guerra saw his first struggles of the season, as he allowed a pair of runs in two innings of relief. He also walked two and allowed four hits. Antonio Bastardo allowed a solo home run to continue the night’s pitching woes.

Combined with the big Cardinals win tonight, the loss puts Pittsburgh 4.5 games back in the Central Division.

  • Just saw adam lind, chris parmalee and jon singleton linked to the pirates. Of the three lind looks like the best choice but it’s unlikely the sewers trade him to the pirates. Parmalee was the better choice defense wise but looks to have a pretty light bat. and singleton? The only positive I can see is he’s young and signed to a team friendly deal. Bucs gotta do something about pedro at first, I had high hopes that the move would straighten him out sadly for the pirates it straightened him out flat on his face.

    • If you have a good breaking ball and any kind of control as a pitcher you must be relieved to see Pedro stepping into the box. Hapless and helpless is the look all too often. The rap on him not hitting breaking balls goes all the way back to before he was drafted.

    • I wanted Adam Lind when we traded for Ike Davis. Lind has not disappointed since leaving Toronto. IF we could get Lind I would feel much, much more comfortable with our lineup. I think the Pirates could then package Alvarez and get another piece from an AL team. Or they can hold on to him for the bench…wouldn’t be a bad DH in against an AL team in the World Series. HAHA!

      • Something has to be done………….and it is up to the GM. We can’t blow a world series opportunity hoping for a turnaround from a guy who has never shown any kind of approach that works against breaking pitches.

        • Sooner than later would be nice. But the problem is availability of assets. The Pirates need a position that there is not a lot of availability of currently and, worse, the Pirates own assets are less than stellar at the ML and ML-Ready levels. We do not have anything at all, really, in AAA. We would have to take less for our injured players like Kingham or Taillon if someone even wanted them in a deal. It will NOT be easy to find the right fit or have the right assets to deal back.

      • I thought the same thing when davis came over.

  • I really hate the sewers, I hate making bad pitchers look great even more.