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The Pirates’ radio crew was NOT happy about Lane Thomas’s go-ahead granny.

By Dan Gartland
August 12, 2019

That’s not what they wanted

Things couldn’t be going much worse for the last-place Pirates, who have lost their last eight games and are 2–18 in their last 20. Things were looking up yesterday in St. Louis, though, with Pittsburgh taking an 8–4 lead into the seventh. The Buccos did not take an 8–4 lead out of the seventh, however. 

After Pirates reliever Kyle Crick plunked two consecutive batters to force in a run, Cardinals centerfielder Lane Thomas blasted a grand slam that gave his team a 9–8 lead. The Pittsburgh TV announcers were despondent. Listen to the pure disappointment in the play-by-play man’s voice when he says “Cardinals lead.”

The radio call is somehow even sadder. Both commentators agreed that Crick was going to get out of the jam by throwing something out of the zone and getting Thomas to chase. A breaking ball, they guessed. But nope, Crick threw a belt-high fastball right over the inside part of the plate. 

Chin up, guys. You only have 45 more games of this. 

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