The (Tuesday) Windup, MISsed oPportunity edition

In their Monday night/Tuesday morning loss, the Pirates left nine men on base and were 0-for-10 with men in scoring position — glaring for a slim  2-0 whitewash.

Indeed, the Bucs had not suffered a bigger clutch oh-fer in a home shutout defeat since Sept. 22, 2004, when they were 0-for-11 with MISP in a 1-0 blanking by the Cubs. … 

Facing Taylor Jungmann tonight in the Brewers righty’s Major League debut, the Pirates will be trying to solve a pitcher they had never seen before for the fourth time in the last eight games.

The previous results in this stretch have been good. The Bucs emerged victorious in two of the three, and nicked San Diego’s Odrisamer Despaigne, San Francisco’s Chris Heston and the Braves’ Williams Perez for 10 runs in 16 2/3 innings. …

Jungmann’s first big league obstacles:

  • Harrison 3b
  • Polanco rf
  • McCutchen cf
  • Walker 2b
  • Marte lf
  • Alvarez 1b
  • Cervelli 2
  • Mercer ss
  • Liriano p

Veteran lefty Clayton Richard continues to get rave reviews as he works at Indianapolis toward a return to the bigs. He turned in his second consecutive seven-inning start on Monday, holding Rochester to one unearned run. That outing reduced his ERA for six Triple-A starts to 1.69.

“This is the first time he’s been able to take the ball every fifth day in some time,” Hurdle said of Richard, working his way back from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. “He’s encouraged about that, and looking forward to getting more reps to develop his pitches.”

Definitely something that bears watching. Richard didn’t exercise a March 31 opt-out in his Minor League contract with the Bucs, feeling they offered him the best opportunity to return to the Majors. … 

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