Sunday, April 30, 2023

Dodgers Barely Split with Speedy Pirates - Betts Arm and Bat Key

The Pirates were.the first team to steal 4 bases in one two game series to split with the first place Dodgers. Details to follow.

After originally being relegating from our league, the speedy Pirates seemed to prove they deserved to be added in their four catch-up series. The Dodgers won their first three series over the DBacks, Cardinals and Brewers - but the Pirates were the first team to split a series with them. The Dodgers are still first at 16-8 while the Pirates are a very respectable 11-13.

Further, the Dodgers barely held on for a 3 game to 3 sweep.

Ji Hwan Bae went 3 of 3 in steals to make the Pirates the first team to steal four games in a Statis-Pro series this season, and was in scoring position to tie the first game in the top of the 9th. After a Ke'Bryan Hayes singled to apparently tie the game, but Mookie Betts is a T5 and threw him out at home. While the old Statis-Pro runners advancing on hits is still used for if the runner makes it safely - but they often simply need to stop at the same number of bases as the hitters unless the 11-88 number is in the 80s. 

However, a T5 like Mookie Betts throws the runner out on 81-88 so he threw him out to preserve the win. His assist preserved the lead, and he was also the hitting star with a 4 of 9 series with 3 doubles.

The second game the Pirates won 5-1 but had two chances to get the 5-run lead to take the SWEEP, which would have resulted in a 4 games to 2 credit for the series. In the 7th Ji-Man Choi doubled and was on 3rd base with one out but was straned and then in the 8th Oneil Cruz stole the Pirates 4th base of the series and was in scoring position but was left stranded. 

While the 5-1 win got the 2 games to 1 win for that game and evened the series 3 games to 3, if either runner had scored it would have made it 4 games to 2 overall due to the 6-1 final.

Roansy Contreras held the Dodgers in check for just 1 run in 6 innings pitched.

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