Pirates 4, Reds 3
The numbers tell the story:
--14 hits, 3 runs Saturday; 21 hits, 3 runs in the series.
--11 runners left on base, 23 in the last two days.
--5-for-17 with runners in scoring position Saturday after going 0-for-10 Friday.
"I looked up on the scoreboard and we had 14 hits. They made one error," Jeff Keppinger said. "That's 15 runners on base, and we only scored three runs. That's not going to cut it."
"He who gets the most two-out hits wins," Dusty Baker said. "They did and we didn't."
I don't have any quick solutions. But I'd consider strongly sending Edwin Encarnacion to Triple-A. I think he'll be a good player again. But he's a long way from it right now. Jolbert Cabrera is tearing it up at Louisville (.407, .471 on-base, .593 slugging). Put him at third until Encarnacion finds his stroke. Cabrera hit .282 with the Dodgers in 2003 and .270 with the Mariners in '04 before going to Japan. Those of you who saw him in spring training knows he's got some pop in his bat.
Question for tomorrow: Can Johnny Cueto be a stopper?