The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up a nine-game road trip tonight with the first of three games against the Colorado Rockies. Pittsburgh has seen their offense cool off as of late and tonight was no different in a 2-0 loss to Colorado. With the Pirates struggles outside of their division this year, this road trip could make a big impact on how much longer they play meaningful games in 2018.
The Rockies would send Kyle Freeland to the mound tonight and he was dominate during his seven innings on the mound. He would give up only two hits while striking out five and allowing two walks. His counterpart Joe Musgrove was nearly as good except for a hiccup during the fifth inning. Nolan Arenado scored on a fielding error by Josh Harrison for the first run of the game. Colorado would then score their second run on a Chris Iannetta sac fly.
Musgrove would exit the game allowing two runs, one earned, over seven innings of work, giving up four hits to go with two strikeouts. Edgar Santana replaced him in the eighth and was able to keep the Rockies off the board, while allowing one hit.
The Buccos would only pick up two hits on the night and that simply is not good enough to win a baseball game at any level. Corey Dickerson collected one of those hits and Musgrove was responsible for the other. The rest of the lineup was able to draw three walks on the night, but no one could further the damage with a timely base hit.
After all of the hype following the trade deadline, Pittsburgh has been nothing but slumping ever since. It’s one thing for the front office to step up and make deals, but they don’t hold much weight if the team can’t back them up. The Pirates will look to snap this three-game losing streak tomorrow night in game two of this three game series. Jameson Taillon will take on Chad Bettis beginning at 8:40pm.
Record vs. Rockies: 1-3
Record vs. N.L. West: 8-19
Record on the Road: 24-27
Overall Record: 57-56
Let’s Go Bucs!