Lou Piniella is not pleased with the kids in his bullpen

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Here’s Lou, last night, after rookies Justin Berg, Andrew Cashner and James Russell combined to allow four runs on six hits:

“I’ll tell you what, these young kids we have here
pitching-wise, they’re getting an opportunity of a lifetime, and none of
them want to step up. You can’t have better opportunities than what
we’re giving these guys.”

And here I was worried that Piniella was going to leave the stage with a whimper. The best part is Koyie Hill coming to the relievers’ defense after Piniella got done. He’s got to live with them after 2010. Piniella doesn’t.

Calling out young bullpen arms is not a shocking thing, of course. What I’d really like to see is Lou get frank about all manner of subjects as he heads out the door. Wouldn’t you love to hear his thoughts about Soriano? Zambrano? Lee?

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.