Following another disappointing loss on Saturday evening the Pirates took the field, a little later than originally scheduled, to finish off their five game series with the Cardinals. Having dropped three in a row and eleven of their last twelve. Pittsburgh is obviously out of any playoff contention, but there are always some benefits to finishing up the year on a high note; unless you are fully on the Krash/Tank/In The Kan For Kumar train, then I guess you are cheering for the Pirates to lose. Although I guess both of these things can come to fruition, if it is merely positive individual performances that ultimately do not determine any outcomes.
For those firmly in Kamp Kumar your prayers were answered as the Pirates extended their losing streak to four games as they recorded only two hits and scored their lone run on a sacrifice fly from Colin Moran in the bottom of the fourth inning. All game Pittsburgh’s batters looked lost at the plate striking out thirteen times in total.
For anyone looking to pull some positives out this loss, just like last night the Pirates starter gave a strong performance. Joe Musgrove pitched six complete innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only three hits, walking one and striking out a career high eleven batters. However, in very similar fashion the bullpen squandered the lead they were given. The offender on this day was Derek Holland, who gave up two straight hits to begin the seventh; the second one being a home run to Yadier Molina.
After dropping the final four games of the series to St. Louis, the Pirates are only seven games away from the end of the season. Tomorrow they begin the last part of their home stand against the division leading Chicago Cubs at 7:05 PM EST. JT Brubaker (1-2, 4.79 ERA) will take the hill for Pittsburgh. Schedule to oppose him is the crafty veteran, Jon Lester (2-2, 4.91 ERA).
News and Notes:
- Coming into the series with St. Louis the Pirates pitchers had only two quality starts on the season. They earned three in past five games.
- The Pirates do not have a qualifying batter with an OPS over .800. Their batting leader has an average of .252.
- For those of you keeping track at home the Pirates have a 15-38 record, the Rangers are 18-34 and the World Series Champion Nationals are 19-32.