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Angels Blank Pirates 9-0

After three straight days of wins, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell back down to earth tonight against the Los Angeles Angels.  Los Angeles would score early and often tonight to shutout Pittsburgh and even this three-game series at one game apiece.  With questions arising about what pitcher could be sent down when Paul Skenes is called up, after tonight it looks like Quinn Priester will be the odd man out.

A three-run home run by Kevin Pillar got things going for the Angels in the fourth inning.  Pillar would come through in the fifth when he hit into a fielder’s choice to score Mickey MoniakLogan O’Hoppe hit an RBI single to left center for the second run of the inning.  In the sixth Nolan Schanuel added a run with a single to right that scored Zach Neto.

Pillar would go yard again in the seventh with a solo homer to left center and then hit an RBI double to right that would score Nolan Schanuel in the eighth.  The final run of the night for Los Angeles would come later in the eighth when O’Hoppe brought home Willie Calhoun with a single to left center.

Priester would allow five runs, three earned, on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout over 4.2 innings.  Roansy Contreras would pitch 2.1 innings and give up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts.  Josh Fleming pitched the eighth and would give up two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts, which was followed by Kyle Nicolas pitched a clean ninth.

Patrick Sandoval did a great job keeping the Pirates offense at bay.  Sandoval pitched seven innings and allowed just three hits during that time, while striking out seven and walking one.  Luis Garcia and Carlos Estevez each pitched and inning with neither allowing a hit and Estevez striking out a batter.

This was another poor offensive showing from Pittsburgh and something we had hoped had gone away after three straight wins.  Now the team needs to reset quickly as this series will wrap up on Wednesday afternoon at 12:35pm.  Scheduled to start is Martin Perez for Pittsburgh, while the Angels will counter with Jose Soriano.

Record vs. Angels:  1-1

Record vs. American League:  4-9

Record at Home:  8-9

Overall Record:  17-20

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.