After a rough 2-5 road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates had to be looking forward to being back at PNC Park. Tonight they began a ten game home stand, with the first of three against the Los Angeles Angels. Pittsburgh would begin the series with the once reliable Francisco Liriano on the bump. Liriano would struggle once again and the Pirates would lose their fourth straight game, tonight by the final of 9-2.
Los Angeles wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard when Mike Trout hit a RBI single to center in the first inning. Johnny Giacvotella made it 3-0 with a two RBI single later in the inning. In the second another run would cross the plate on a Kole Calhoun groundout to second.
The Buccos finally struck with their only runs of the night in the bottom half of the second. Starling Marte and Jung-ho Kang both hit solo home runs to left field. That was all the offense Pittsburgh would muster on the night. Liriano was lifted after 3 1/3 innings of work tonight that would see him give up six earned runs on ten hits to go with four walks and two strikeouts. He has easily been one of the biggest disappointments this season.
Fortunately for the Pirates they only used two guys out of the bullpen to eat up the rest of the innings. Rob Scahill and Wilfredo Boscan pitched 5 2/3 innings with Boscan allowing the remaining two Angels runs of the night. Hopefully the starters can go deeper into the ballgames the rest of this series to give these two time to rest.
With this being their fourth straight loss and the Chicago Cubs continuing to win, it looks like it will be Wild Card or bust once again in 2016. That won’t be easy with second place clubs the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets boasting some of the better teams in the National League. Jeff Locke will try to match his complete game performance of Monday night tomorrow at home.
Record vs. Angels: 0-1
Record vs. American League: 2-6
Record at Home: 15-10
Overall Record: 29-25
Let’s Go Bucs!