After last night’s come from behind victory against Mark Melancon and the Washington Nationals, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game in need of yet another victory in order to attempt to keep pace in the National League Wild Card race. Unfortunately, the Bucs showed up flat tonight on the mound, in the field, and at plate, and the Nationals took advantage in a 6-1 victory.
With the victory, coupled with a loss by the New York Mets, the Nationals clinched the National League East title. By contrast, with the loss, the Pirates took another blow to their depleting playoff chances.
For the second straight start, Ivan Nova struggled on the mound for the Pirates. He lasted just four innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits...Read More