The Juan Nicasio love story was derailed yesterday afternoon as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Detroit Tigers, 8-2.
Nicasio, who converted a spectacular spring training into a spot in the Bucs’ rotation, allowed 4 runs in 3 innings of work.
Nicasio allowed 11 of the 19 batters he faced to reach base.
Ex-Tiger Now-Pirate Kyle Lobstein fared little better out of the pen, allowing 3 runs and 8 runners in another 3 innings of work.
In more bad news for the Pirates, Francisco Liriano was scratched from his start tonight with hamstring tightness.
All in all, a pretty miserable day for Pittsburgh.
On the plus side, the team is still off to a 5-3 start. A .625 winning percentage gets you a 101-win season.
On a walk back to my office on my workplace campus I overheard a snippet of a conversation between two colleagues. All I caught was the tail end – “but that’s my favorite ballpark, for sure. I’ve been to Wrigley Field a few times and it’s nice, but…”
I had to interrupt.
“Sorry, I was eavesdropping. I’m sort of a baseball nerd. Which park were you saying is your favorite?”
“Well, I’m sort of biased because I grew up in Pittsburgh, but…”
High fives were exchanged between strangers.
PNC Park is freaking gorgeous. Highly recommended.
It’s back to a full slate of games in the division today, with the Chicago Cubs (6-1) hosting the Cincinnati Reds (5-2) at 7:05 PM. John Lackey (1-0) gets his second start for the Cubs, matched up against Alfredo Simon… The Pirates (5-3) host the Tigers again. They’ll kick the day off at 6:05 PM. Ryan Vogelsong gets the spot start with Liriano out for the night. Vogelsong went 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA for the Giants last season. The 38-year old hasn’t posted an ERA+ above 100 since 2012… The St. Louis Cardinals (4-3) host the Milwaukee Brewers (3-4) at 7:05 PM. Mike Leake (0-1) to start for the Redbirds against Chase Anderson (0-1). The Cards have won four straight as they continue a 9-game swing against some of the worst teams in Major League Baseball…