The Yankees defeated the Pirates so badly on Wednesday night that it seemed to break a man’s mind.
The Yankees held a comfortable 5-0 lead over Pittsburgh for seven innings, but the wheels came loose for the Pirates in the eighth when Aaron Judge hit a grand slam. By the time the ninth came around, Pittsburgh had put second baseman Josh VanMeter on the mound to pitch – much to the chagrin of Pirates announcer Greg Brown.
After VanMeter gave up three consecutive singles, Aaron Hicks stepped at the plate and promptly threw 54 MPH over the wall of left field for the second grand slam in as many innings. Two pitches later, Giancarlo Stanton hit another dinger to make it 15-0 – and Brown was furious.
“This is ridiculous,” Brown said as the ball flew over the right-field wall. That was the extent of his home run call.
On the replay, his broadcast partner said, “At some point, it’s almost like watching a softball game.”
“It’s a joke,” Brown replied.
The scoring didn’t even stop there. VanMeter then gave up a single to Gleyber Torres, and after seeing Josh Donaldson hit in fielder’s choice, walked Joey Gallo, then gave up back-to-back singles to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Kyle Higashioka to make it 16th score of the night.
The second baseman’s inning ended with six runs on eight hits.
The end result was a split of the two-game series, though the second game definitely felt like five for the Pittsburgh broadcast crew.