Well, the Buccos of Suckitude (gee. I hope that catches on to the point that the media actually accidentally calls them that to their faces) lost last night. In a big way. In a 10-2 way. But they’re still playing .500 ball!
Thanks to once again the collapse of pitcher Damaso Marte:
He faced five Atlanta batters last night at Turner Field, and the first four homered, singled, singled and singled as part of the Braves’ seven-run eighth inning.
That turned a one-run affair in which the Pirates were on the ascent into a 10-2 laugher of a loss.
Just as certain, it turned Marte plenty sour. Remember: It was his two walks in the opener Monday that began that monster ninth-inning collapse.
And manager John Russell says:
“He’s a big part of our bullpen, and he needs to continue to go out there and get the job done.”
First, John, you can’t “continue” to do something you never did in the first place. I can’t believe I have to explain this to you, but he never did get the job done, so he can’t CONTINUE to get the job done. He CAN however continue to suck.
And second. This is why I cannot be a major league baseball manager, because two outings like that and my press conference goes nothing like Russell’s little vote of confidence. Mine would be more along the lines of “We’ve fed Marte to the lions at the zoo, but only after we strung him up by his thumbs and coated his naked body with the blood of a zebra. It’s been fifteen years, damn it! We’re in it to win!”