The Pirates had a chance to end their losing streak last night after getting off to a hot start, but their bats cooled off and their pitching was unreliable. Plus, Derek Shelton made a huge mistake putting Cole Tucker in centerfield.
But, the Pirates had no chance coming into game-two against the Twins. Joe Musgrove was pulled in the 3rd inning after loading the bases. The Bucs’ hitting was invisible today, only scoring one run, and the bullpen looked atrocious. They were able to score in the 9th inning, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.
Minnesota jumped on the Bucs quickly, taking a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st inning. The runs kept coming for the Twins, who would score four more in the course of four innings.
Musgrove only pitched 3.1 innings and gave up five runs, now raising his season ERA 6.75. Nik Turley came in a few innings later and added two more runs to the Pirates’ deficit. By the end of the 5th inning, it was 7-1 Twins.
The Twins dominated this game, scoring seven runs in five innings. Nelson Cruz collected three hits and Eddie Rosario had two. Their starter, Jose Berrios looked great on the mound throwing six solid innings. Berrios struck out six and walked three.
The first run for the Pirates came in the 4th inning after a Gregory Polanco sacrifice fly which scored Bryan Reynolds. They had an opportunity in the 7th with runners in scoring position but left them stranded. The Bucs were 3 for 9 with RISP today.
Pittsburgh didn’t have a lot of good things happen to them today, however, they did make some history.
Bryan Reynolds became the first player since Sammy Sosa to throw out three runners at the plate in the team’s first 11 games. Reynolds made another great throw today, as well as last night.
The rally ended and the Bucs lost 7-3, losing their sixth in a row. Pittsburgh couldn’t get anything started today, except the late-game scoring. Once again, it’s too little, too late for the Bucs. They play Minnesota tomorrow night, but this time at PNC Park.
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