Franklin Morales didn’t have a good day, but he battled for four innings before he gave the ball to Chad Bettis after issuing free passes to the first two batters of the fifth inning. Bettis promptly gave up a line drive to right field, but it was too hard to allow Pittsburgh to score. Instead the bases were loaded. Line drive right at Arenado enabled him to double up Andrew McCutchen. The next batter smashed a line drive but right at D.J. LeMahieu for a third out. There were red flags all over Bettis, yet Walt Weiss continued his old habit of staying with the pitcher for another inning. The next inning saw another line drive and a home run to pinch hitter Travis Snider that tied the game at 4-4.
Bettis kept his bad habits going by giving up a single to Josh Harrison. Tommy Kahnle came in to clean up the mess. On an attempted steal, Harrison overslid the bag by lot and the entire infield stopped playing ball waiting for the umpire’s call. Harrison ended up on third base without incident. He eventually scored the go-ahead run to make the score 5-4.
After Nolan Arenado homered to even up the game at 5-5, Weiss again went to another struggling pitcher in the eighth inning instead of going with the best relievers in a late and close game. Rex Brothers was overthinking and pitched some batting practice. The result was back-to-back homers that gave the Pirates a 7-5 victory. Pittsburgh should send Weiss a sled full of Christmas gift and drop it off at Weiss office as a way to thank him for putting batting practice pitchers out there in late game.