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On the bridge

Saturday: Game 1 – Colorado at Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m. Game 2 – Colorado at Pittsburgh, 4:05 p.m.

Throwers: Game 1 – RHP Rockies Jon Gray (4-4, 3.43) vs. RHP Pirates JT Brubaker (3-4,4,20); Game 2 – LHP Rockies Austin Gomber (3-4, 4.56) vs. RHP Pirates Mitch Keller (2-6, 7.41)

Television: AT&T SportsNet

Radio: TOONA 1430-AM & 99.7-FM; WTRN-FM 96.9 and 100.7

By John Perrotto

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH – Will Craig tried to find some humor a day after his glaring error on the pitch brought national notoriety to the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie first baseman.

“I guess I’ll be on the blooper reels for the rest of my life”, Craig said Friday before the Pirates’ game against the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to the rain.

The match will be composed as part of a split double schedule on Saturday, with the first match starting at 12:05 pm and the second scheduled for 4:05 pm Both matches will be seven innings under pandemic rules.

Craig is expected to be back in line for the opening of the twin bill.

“He made a mistake and that’s it” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “You don’t choose a guy (in the minor leagues) because he made a mistake. We make mistakes in all walks of life. It was just something no one had ever seen before.

Craig’s mental abandonment in the Pirates’ 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday was all over television and social media.

With Willson Contreras on second and two strikeouts in the third inning, the Cubs’ Javier Baez hit a routine grounder at third base Erik Gonzalez. His throw to Craig at the start was a little higher, pulling Craig out of the bag.

All Craig had to do was score Baez or touch first for the round final.

Baez stopped running halfway through the first baseline to avoid Craig and backed up to home plate. Craig chased him.

Meanwhile, Contreras finished third and sprinted at home. Craig attempted a flip to catch Michael Perez, but Contreras slipped under the tag as Baez took first place. Perez’s first throw passed second baseman Adam Frazier trying to cover the sack, allowing Baez to move up to second.

If the withdrawal had been recorded on first base before Baez arrived, the point would not have counted.

Craig, who gained a reputation as an outstanding minor league fielder, admitted his mistake when speaking with reporters before the Pirates played Colorado.

“It all comes down to losing my brain for a second” he said. “I take full responsibility for it and now I will try to keep moving forward. I know I’m a good defensive player and can do a lot of good things on this side of the ball.

The Pirates will enter the doubles program on a six-game losing streak. The Rockies have lost three in a row.

Checkup

Rockies: SS Trevor Story (right elbow crunch) likely won’t play on the field during the three-game series, but could be available as a pinched hitter. He will be examined by team medics Monday in Denver after returning from the Rockies from their road trip. Story was injured in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubles program in New York. He is eligible for free agency at the end of the season and is expected to be one of the most coveted players in the market.

Pirates: After two starts in rehab in Indianapolis, RHP Chad Kuhl (sore right elbow) will make his next major league appearance. The Pirates haven’t announced a starter for Sunday’s game, so that’s a possibility.

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