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Joe Musgrove pitched six shutout innings this afternoon at PNC Park, but the bullpen gave up the lead, as the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 2-1 score.

Musgrove gave up just three hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in his six innings of work on the mound.  But in what has become an all-too-common theme, the bullpen struggled to hold a lead.  Derek Holland was the culprit today, giving up two runs on three hits in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. 

Jack Flaherty started for the Cardinals, giving up one run on two hits in six innings, while striking out 11 Buccos’ hitters.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.

A sacrifice fly by Colin Moran scored Bryan Reynolds in the fourth inning for the Pirates’ first and only run of the game.  But in the seventh, Holland gave up a two run homerun to Yadier Molina, which turned out to be the game-winning hit.

Well, it was another disastrous weekend of baseball for the Pirates and their fans.  Despite the losses, the Bucs’ starters have pitched very well the last two games.  Hopefully that trend will continue as they welcome the first place Chicago Cubs to town for the start of a four game series.

Record vs. Cardinals: 4-6

Record vs. N.L. Central: 13-23

Record at Home: 10-17

Overall Record: 15-38

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!