Pirates Postgame Commentary: August 5 vs Twins
By COMON Network Team
Final Score – Minnesota Twins (10-2) 5, Pittsburgh Pirates (2-10) 2
WP: Randy Dobnak (2-1) – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – 71 pitches, 46 strikes
LP: Trevor Williams (0-3) – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K – 98 pitches, 63 strikes
Although the Pirates came back home to PNC Park after an 0-5 road trip, the team couldn’t to stop its woes, and dropped its sixth straight game, 5-0 to the Minnesota Twins to fall to 2-10 on the season. Marwin Gonzalez drove in Jake Cave in the top of the second to put the Twinkies ahead, and that was all the offense Randy Dobnak would need. The South Park High School graduate took care of his hometown team, pitching six innings of three-hit, shutout baseball to pick up a well- deserved win. The Twins added four runs for good measure in the top of the ninth to put the game away. The Bucs look to salvage a game out of this series tomorrow at 1:35.
COMON Network Team Commentary
- Trevor Williams deserved better tonight. Period. Man was he awesome. I loved the pitch mix. According to Baseball Savant’s game feed, it was 50% fastballs, 17% sliders, 15% changeups and 10% sinkers. They awarded Minnesota hitters just two hard hit balls off Williams. He just didn’t get any support. Tip of the cap to Trev, though. He kept them in it.
- The pride of South Park High School got the job in his first start at the ballpark he grew up watching games at. Randy Dobnak got hit hard a bit, but he fought through it. He goes six and allows just three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Not a lot of whiffs for him but a good pitch mix and he gets a W.
- It’s one game, but the confidence gained could be contagious for Josh Bell. I got into him a bit yesterday, but he turned around today and was pretty damn good. He goes 3-for-4 with an opposite-field double off the wall and a homer, and the base hit he had in the infield wasn’t a great swing, but that’s the kind of luck you need sometimes. Hopefully he builds on it. But obviously he is going to need some help. But the offense hit balls hard tonight, just no dice. One hit besides Bell. That won’t cut it.
Player of the Game – Trevor Williams (PIT)
- Dobnak Dominates: Although we are only 12 games into the season, I’m already tired of criticizing the Pirates offense. So I’m going to mix it up a bit and focus on the opposing pitcher. Pittsburgh baseball fans know Randy Dobnak primary because he’s a hometown boy. Other baseball fans know him because he used to be an Uber driver. Geography and intriguing anecdotes aside, Dobnak is on his way to establishing himself as a quality starting pitcher in the major leagues. He was excellent for Minnesota in a limited sample size last season, and through three starts in 2020, has an ERA below one. Dobnak only has eight big league starts under his belt, and a lot can change as this season and Dobnak’s career go on. As of tonight, however, South Park’s favorite son is shaping up to be a key contributor to one of baseball’s best teams. Even when his success comes at the Pirates’ expense, it’s cool to see.
- Williams returns to form: Tonight, Trevor Williams looked more like the beast he was in the summer of 2018 and less like the average starting pitcher he’s been the rest of his career. Three hits over seven innings speaks for itself, and Williams was as good as his stat line showed. Williams has a chance to solidify himself as the Pirates best starter this season, and at 28, may just be young enough to play a key role if this team is to contend in the relatively near future. The Pirates need silver linings, and Williams’ performance tonight qualifies.
- Bye Bye Burdi? Even if the Pirates had won tonight, the day still would have been somber in the grand scheme of things after the team announced that Nick Burdi has thrown his last pitch of 2020 due to a right elbow injury. This means that the Pirates will be without their best reliever for the rest of the season, but given Burdi’s prior injury history, it might be more significant than that. Burdi is only 27, so he still has time to work his way back to the rubber. At the same time, there’s only so much the human body can take, and Burdi’s has already absorbed more punishment than most men his age.
Player of the Game – Randy Dobnak (MIN)
- Trevor Williams was awesome. Can’t fault this one on him. He more than did his job. Seven innings, three hits, one run with five strikeouts and a walk.
- Hometown kid shoved. He went to over 150 games as a Pirate fan and on Wednesday night he embarrassed Pirates hitters for six innings. Randy Dobnak went six shutout innings to earn the win as the Twins added insurance to make it a 5-2 final.
- Hey, Bell had three hits and a homer in the ninth! The rest of the team had one. Too little, too late again. If we can take any positive it’s that Josh Bell can hopefully get out of his slump.
Player of the Game – Randy Dobnak (MIN)