Game 40: Brewers 4 Pirates 3

After six solid innings from Wandy Rodriguez, after a Tony Sanchez two-run home run and a Gaby Sanchez solo homer off of a righty, after all of those improbable things came together to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead headed into the bottom of the ninth, Mark Melancon went out and gave up a single to Ryan Braun, then walked back to back hitters before giving up a game-ending two-run single by Khris Davis.

Mark Melancon, in his time with the Pirates, had walked a grand total of nine hitters in 90 innings over the past two seasons. That is nine walks against 353 batter’s faced. That means that when a batter comes to the plate, there’s only a 2.5% chance that Mark Melancon will walk that hitter. That means that based on his Pirate career coming into this outing, the odds of Mark Melancon randomly walked back-to-back hitters are something like 0.06%.

Anyway, the Pirates have now blown three ninth inning leads against the Brewers this season, which has created a six-game swing in the NL Central standings. 

This one in particular is really, really hard to stomach.

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Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.