Despite splitting a series over the weekend against the first place Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates are not playing their best baseball. While the pitching has been tremendous lately, the offense has been non-existent. Unfortunately, that trend continued for Pittsburgh tonight, as they lost yet another 1-0 game, this time to the Atlanta Braves.
Chris Archer started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings of work. He would have lasted longer, but he was pulled after pitching the top of the fourth with left leg discomfort. He appeared to injure his leg while at bat in the bottom of the third. After pitching the top of the fourth, he was relieved by Steven Brault, who pitched two scoreless innings.
The Pirates offense, on the other hand, was once again held in check by the opposing pitcher. Tonight they couldn’t solve Bryse Wilson, who was making his first MLB start. The 20 year old rookie tossed five scoreless innings, giving up thee hits and issuing three walks.
A single by Nick Markakis in the top of the first scored Freddie Freeman to make it a 1-0. That would remain the score into the bottom of the seventh, when the Pirates had their best chance to score. Corey Dickerson singled with two outs and Adeiny Hechavarria on second base, who tried to score but was thrown out at home to end the inning.
The Pirates continue to waste these quality performances by their pitching staff by not being able to score runs. No matter how good your pitching is, you will not win games unless you score runs. Starling Marte and Josh Harrison were held out of the lineup tonight for different reasons, but regardless of who is in the game, these are Major League hitters and they need to be able to put a run on the scoreboard.
The Bucs and Braves will meet back up at PNC Park tomorrow night for the second game of this series. Kevin Gausman will take the mound for Atlanta against Ivan Nova for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Braves: 0-1
Record vs. N.L. East: 9-16
Record at Home: 35-32
Overall Record: 63-63
Let’s Go Bucs!