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Pirates Blow 4-0 Lead; Losing Streak Continues In Minnesota

It seems that no matter what the Pirates try, their luck doesn’t change. They extended their losing streak to five last night in Minnesota, after blowing a 4-0 lead

The Pirates played great in the opening five innings against the Twins last night. Raking hits, scoring runs and pitching well. However in the 6th their luck turned. Despite having a 4-0 lead, the Bucs allowed Minnesota to tie the game.  As I said in my series preview, this series wouldn’t be easy.

Early Lead

The Bucs opened up the game with a Cole Tucker leadoff home run. And Derek Holland pitched well for the majority of his start. They scored again in the 2nd off a Jacob Stallings single which scored Phillip Evans.

Then in the 4th frame, Erik Gonzalez ripped a double off the wall to score Guillermo Heredia. In the 5th, Evans laced a single, scoring Bell. The Bucs took a 4-0 lead with everything going their way. 

Another Loss

The bottom of the 6th was catastrophic for Pittsburgh. Holland was missing pitches and eventually loaded the bases. The Twins scored their first run on a Nelson Cruz single, which scored Mitch Garver.

Max Kepler continued, smacking a double over Tucker’s head in centerfield, scoring two. Then with Miguel Del Pozo hurling for the Bucs, a wild pitch scored the tying run. 

Holland pitched extremely well until his minor meltdown on the mound. He went 5.2 innings, raking five strikeouts. However, all four runs against the Bucs were charged to him. Tucker’s misreading in centerfield is what really cost Pittsburgh their big lead; Del Pozo’s wild pitch didn’t help.

Just when things were finally looking bright for the Pirates, the wheels fell off the train. The offense stalled, and then a consistently inconsistent bullpen blew the lead.

Nelson Cruz blasted the game winning single off of Nick Burdi. The Pirates are now 0-5 in one-run games.

Pittsburgh was dominating the Twins on both sides. However, they gave away the easy win because of Tucker’s inability to play center, and Del Pozo’s lack of control.

The Bucs are now on a five-game losing streak and look to break it tonight. 

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