OOTP: Musgrove Tries to Even the Series Against the Giants

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

The Pirates have lost two of three against the Giants, and will wrap up the four game series today with Joe Musgrove on the mound.


1st Inning

Hamilton struck out. Slater singled to second. Flores struck out. Puig grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice.

Dyson struck out. Frazier grounded out to second. Bell flew out to left.

Pirates 0, Giants 0

2nd Inning

Musgrove set the Giants down in order in the second with three ground outs.

Smyly struck out Polanco and Reynolds, then got Newman to ground out to first.

Pirates 0, Giants 0

3rd Inning

Musgrove retired the side in order with a fly out to center, a ground out to short, and a strikeout.

Hayes flew out to right. Stallings doubled on a 1-0 pitch to right-center. Musgrove flew out to center. Dyson struck out.

Pirates 0, Giants 0

4th Inning

Slater singled over the shortstop’s head. Flores grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Puig struck out.

Frazier singled on a line drive to left. Bell struck out. Polanco grounded into a U6-3 double play.

Pirates 0, Giants 0

5th Inning

Longoria singled on a line drive to left. Crawford struck out. Brantley flew out to center. Solano singled, with Longoria going to third. Smyly singled on a line drive to right, scoring Longoria. Hamilton struck out.

Reynolds flew out to left. Newman popped out to second. Hayes singled on a line drive over the shortstop. Stallings singled on a ground ball through the left side of the infield. Musgrove struck out.

Giants 1, Pirates 0

6th Inning

Slater flew out to center. Flores grounded out to second. Puig struck out.

Dyson grounded out to third. Frazier flew out to left. Bell grounded out to short.

Giants 1, Pirates 0

7th Inning

Longoria singled on a slow roller down the third base line. Crawford singled on a line drive to left-center. Hunter Pence entered as a pinch runner for Longoria. Rob Brantly popped out to first. Solano singled on a line drive that was knocked down by Frazier, loading the bases. Smyly struck out. Hamilton grounded out back to the mound.

Pablo Sandoval enters the game at third base. Polanco pops out to second. Reynolds strikes out. Newman flies out to right.

Giants 1, Pirates 0

8th Inning

Slater singles on a line drive to left. Flores strikes out. Michael Feliz enters the game. Puig strikes out. Sandoval flies out to center.

Hayes leads off with a single on a line drive to left. Stallings pops out to short. Kevin Kramer enters as a pinch hitter and grounds into a 1-6-3 double play.

Giants 1, Pirates 0

9th Inning

Blake Weiman comes in to pitch for the Pirates. Crawford grounds out to second. Brantly grounds out back to the mound. Solano grounds out to short.

Dyson strikes out looking at Drew Smyly’s 93rd pitch of the game. Frazier grounds out to short. Bell lines out to third.






Probable Starters

Tuesday, 6:40 PM EST: Mitch Keller (3-4, 5.27) vs Luis Castillo (5-3, 4.55)

Wednesday, 6:40 PM EST: Chris Archer (5-3, 3.17) vs Sonny Gray (6-2, 4.61)

Thursday, 12:35 PM EST: Trevor Williams (2-3, 3.76) vs Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.67)

Friday, 8:15 PM EST: Chris Stratton (3-3, 3.02) vs Miles Mikolas (2-0, 4.66)