Give the Pittsburgh Pirates just one more chance. They'll come through.
And make another error.
Catcher Jason Jaramillo(notes) poured about a gallon of salt into a festering wound Sunday afternoon, dropping a routine foul popup with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to — oof — help the Oakland Athletics get away with a win.
Pittsburgh's fourth error of the game gave Kurt Suzuki(notes) another chance and, two pitches later, he drove an offering from right-hander Evan Meek(notes) over the fence in left for a tie-breaking homer.
"I missed it," Jaramillo said. "That's it. I should have had it."
Well, guess who gets to wear the Captain Obvious Cape on the flight out of town?!
The weirdness didn't stop with Jaramillo's picture-imperfect blunder. Because the Pirates can't just make the last out like a normal team, rookie Pedro Alvarez(notes) took it upon himself to get hit by Jose Tabata's(notes) grounder near first base. Dead ball. Alvarez was ruled out, while Tabata was credited with a single. Game over.
The A's finished with three total hits, but, thanks entirely to unearned runs, won 3-2.
The Pirates, who usually are working on a horrific streak of some kind, have lost 17 straight on the road. Two more and they tie the franchise mark, set in 1985. Three more and they get set of steak knives.
The Bucs don't lead the league in errors yet but are working on it. Manager John Russell summed it up:
"We stunk in every aspect," he said. "Two stupid mistakes spoiled a very nice start by our pitcher."