Another day and another loss for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After winning games one and two of this three game series, the Seattle Mariners picked up a series sweep this afternoon with a 6-5 victory in eleven innings. Errors and a lack of production in the later innings, two things that have plagued this team all year, were the story once again.
After a scoreless first inning, Seattle would plate four runs in the second inning. Daniel Vogelbach crossed the plate when Cole Tucker made a throwing error to first. Braden Bishop scored the second run on a RBI single to left center field. The final two runs came around on a Shed Long single to right. Only two of these runs were earned, as Joe Musgrove left after five innings, giving up five hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Pittsburgh would answer with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Elias Diaz plated Colin Moran on a double to left. Diaz then came in to score when Jake Elmore doubled to left center. Musgrove helped his own cause with a RBI double to right center. Kevin Newman then capped off the inning with a single to right. The Pirates took their only lead of the day in the fifth on an Elmore single that brought around Diaz.
The Mariners would tie the game in the seventh when Austin Nola hit a single to right to score Kyle Lewis. That would come off of Buccos relief pitcher Francisco Liriano. The score remained tied until the top of the eleventh when a double play by Nola scored Long. In the bottom half of the inning, Seattle relief pitcher Erik Swanson collected the final three outs via strikeout for his first save of the season.
Pittsburgh had played well against the American League West, but that all changed these past three games. Watching baseball this time of year is tough enough with the slew of minor league players on the roster, but at this point everyone in a Pirates uniform looks like they are just going through the motions. The Buccos will hit the road for a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning tomorrow night.
Record vs. Mariners: 0-3
Record vs. American League: 12-8
Record at Home: 31-44
Overall Record: 65-88
Let’s Go Bucs!