On Thursday, expectations were high for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Before the start of the season, they agreed to pay third base prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes $70 million over eight years.
After reaching the Hayes extension, the day’s quality quickly declined. The Pirates’ season opener versus the Cardinals in 2022 was a 9-0 loss at Busch Stadium.
Every Possible Thing That Could Go Wrong On Opening Day In ST Happened To The Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates’ luck turned for the worse quite rapidly. They went behind, 1-0, after the first inning and never came back. In addition, a major scare happened.
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Tyler O’Neill Home Run Prove to Be Game’s Biggest Hit
Brubaker, making his first career start on Opening Day, lasted only three innings before being removed after surrendering four runs on four hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.
Although this was not the ideal beginning, Brubaker almost managed to free himself. The fact that the first-inning run he conceded was not entirely his fault has already been established.
Also in the second inning’s bottom half, he came close to getting off the hook. Brubaker had two outs and two runners on when Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
He hit a three-run home run off a 0-1 pitch from Brubaker. This was the game-changing play that put the Cardinals up by four goals.
But for O’Neill’s blast, it could have been a 1-0 or 2-0 game going into the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Pirates’ defence unravelled. Depending on how the inning was handled, the Pirates might have stayed in the game.
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The return of Rodolfo Castro to the major leagues was marred by his dropping of a phone call.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were defeated by the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-4, on Tuesday night, and an infielder dropped his phone while sliding into third base.
The second baseman, who was just in his second season, walked in the fourth inning and scored after Oneil Cruz hit a single. In an effort to avoid being thrown at, Castro dove headlong into the bag, sending his phone flying.