After winning the first two games of this three game series, it was highly probable that the Pittsburgh Pirate were going to sweep the Colorado Rockies. They were playing an inferior team, while at home, where they have one of the best records in baseball. That was not to be, as after nine innings they were on the wrong side of a 5-0 final.
In a game like this, it would be easy to blame the starting pitcher for a loss, but Charlie Morton did not receive any help from the offense. Morton would go six innings, allowing five runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out six and walking two. He would not help himself in the sixth as two runs would score on a throwing error he committed.
Colorado would get a great outing out of their starter Jorge De La Rosa. He threw six innings as well, allowing four hits, to go with seven strikeouts and one walk. The Rockies then used four guys out of the bullpen over the next three innings to keep the shutout together.
Pittsburgh was never able to get anything going with the bats. Jordy Mercer was the only starter to collect more than one hit, two, while Andrew McCutchen and Aramis Ramirez each had one apiece. That kind of production will not beat anyone at this level.
Not a good way to end the series, with a potentially brutal nine game road trip on the horizon after the Monday off day. All in all, they are still in postion to make a run at the division, but they need to start the month off with no memory of their past results against the central. 27 of their last 34 games are against the N.L. Central, so if a crazy last month of baseball is what you were looking forward to, strap your seatbelt tight and enjoy the ride.
Record vs. Rockies: 2-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 21-5
Record at Home: 46-21
Overall Record: 79-50
Let’s Go Bucs!