Sometimes you take your lumps in this fickle game.
Tyler Glasnow took more than his fair share Monday night.
Making his 2017 debut, Glasnow had one of the more forgettable nights of his young career, giving up five earned runs, five walks and four hits in just 1 and 2/3 innings pitched, leading to a 7-1 blasting by Cincinnati (5-2) at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh (3-3) managed just one run on four hits in a failed salvation effort for Glasnow.
The Reds’ Billy Hamilton (3 for 5) started the merry-go-round of horror for the Bucs’ pitcher, popping a single to left, then stealing 2nd base one pitch later, then scored after Glasnow walked three straight batters.
The wicked top of the 1st inning lasted 22 minutes with 43 pitches thrown, including four walks, one hit and three runs.
“Just throw it away, just move on and get ready to pitch in five days,” said Glasnow about putting this brutal performance in the attic. “I was below average today. Most of my focus was obviously at home, and I got my eye of the runner and had some bags stolen, but like I said I have to work that in the work week and get back out and be ready for my start.”
“I felt good early on, got a little long towards the end and things started to fall apart a little bit, but like I said, you just forget about this one and move on to the next one,” the youngster continued.
Glasnow, who last started on Sept. 30 of last year, was taken out of the game after giving up a two-run Adam Duvall single with two outs in the 2nd inning.
“I’ve had bad outings before,” Glasnow said. “I think the Minor Leagues teaches you how to kind of not dwell on a start, so I’m going to go out and do a work week like I just threw a perfect game. Don’t change in between the weeks and do what you can. Come to the field, get your work done and just prepare.”
Manager Clint Hurdle discussed his starter’s performance.
“Five walks, four hits, there was a lot of traffic,” said the skipper. “He wasn’t able to stay on the mound and pitch out of the windup. The running game sped him up a little bit to. I think he tried to counter-punch but it was just a hard night.”
Relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc cleared his name after a brutal campaign on opening day against Atlanta, going five innings of one hit ball—a home run from the bat of Eugenio Suarez in the 5th inning—eating the necessary innings to keep the Pirates’ bullpen on schedule.
Having LeBlanc on the hill that early cost the Bucs dearly, as the relief pitcher had to make back-to-back batting appearances, both with bases loaded and striking out each time.
Leaving a total of eight men on base between the 2nd and 3rd innings, Pittsburgh mustered up just one run in both bases loaded situations.
When Hurdle was asked about leaving LeBlanc in during such crucial offensive situations, the Manager’s answer was a firm.
“None whatsoever based on what we had available,” he said. “Rivero’s down, Nicasio’s down, Williams throws today and then he’s down two more days and now you’re starting to move personnel around. Unfortunately that point and time we did the best we could do with what we had. LeBlanc, that’s throwing aces out there today to get 15 outs in that situation.”
Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen went a combined 2 for 8, while the rest of the lineup went a forgettable 2 for 23.
Silver Lining Monday
Though you’ll be hard-pressed to scour for crumbs of momentum builders based on Monday night’s game, Glasnow took a positive spin while looking back on his performance.
“Really I felt good today, especially going into the 2nd I was just trying to do a little more,” he said. “I lengthened out and I lost a lot of power. At least now I can identify it and work on it now and get back in and do what I can do next start.”
“It was good to be back on the mound again, it’s been a while,” he continued. “Honestly this is just going to be one of those forget about it and go out there and get the next one games for me.”
Hurdle had a more mathematical look at part of Glasnow’s demise, pointing at the five stolen bases Cincinnati corralled during Glasnow’s inning and a half of work.
“When you have a release time like tonight off the mound people are going to run up here, it’s no secret,” Hurdle said of the Reds’ baserunning. “They’ve got stop watches at 1st base, they have them in the dugout. When you’re clicking off 1.5 in your release time guys with that speed are going to run. They have an athletic team and lineup and their guys have the ability to steal bases when it’s 1.5 and the catchers can’t make up the other side.”
After the Moneyline
Pirates were -135 favorites, losing for the first time of the year with the chalk. The total, set at 8.5 runs hung under with just one run being scored in the final four innings.
The Pirates will look to even things up when they face the Reds Tuesday night. Jameson Taillon will look to keep a perfect ERA as he matches up against the aptly-named Rookie Davis (12.00 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05.