HOW WILL PIRATES RESPOND AFTER DEVASTATING LOSS?
There are 162 games in baseball and Friday night's Pirates 9-8 loss to the San Diego Padres is just 1 of 162. " If you played sports, there's going to be disappointments, especially in baseball,..... 162 games, " manager Clint Hurdle said. However, the Pirates stunning collapse in the ball game, leading 7-1 in the fifth inning, is surely making some fans wonder if this goes on to become a loss that begins to derail the Pirates season like the Jerry Meals incident last July.
"It's tough to lose a game like this but there aren't too many seasons where you don't have a game or two like this and maybe a lot more if you don't have a good club, " Hurdle said. "We'll claw back, though, because that's what we do."
That's what the Pirates always seem to do this year (claw back) but all eyes are now on how the Pirates respond moving forward after the stunning loss where James McDonald (10-5, 3.77 ERA) gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings and pitched a disastrous fifth inning where McDonald surrendered six runs with a 7-1 lead, highlighted by Chase Headley's three run homer in the fifth to tie the game at 7-7 and then Headley hit a two-run blast off Tony Watson in the seventh inning to give the Padres a 9-8 lead, just after the Pirates regained the lead again in the sixth inning.