Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson robbed Kyle Schwarber of a solo home run in the top of the second inning Monday afternoon at PNC Park. Schwarber ribbed a Chad Kuhl pitch down the left field line. Dickerson raced to the corner, jumped, and snagged the ball before it landed on the opposite side of the fence.
Unfortunately for Dickerson and the Pirates, the incredible catch was for naught as the Cubs went on to win 7-0. Mike Montgomery and the Cubs’ bullpen shut the Pirates’ offense down.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.