After a surprising start in April, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now, as expected, one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. That trend continued on Wednesday night, as they lost to the Chicago Cubs by a 4-1 score.
Wil Crowe started for Pittsburgh, giving up three runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.1 innings on the mound. He fell to 0-3 with a 5.67 ERA on the season. His mound opponent, ex-Bucco Trevor Williams, tallied the victory after giving up one run on three hits in six innings.
Chicago scored three runs in the top of the second on a two run homerun by David Bote and a RBI single by Kris Bryant. Another single by Bryant in the sixth made it 4-0, which was more than enough for the Cubs’ staff against the much-inferior Pirates’ lineup. They were able to muster one run tonight, as Erik Gonzalez singled home Kevin Newman to avoid the shutout.
This was another disappointing and difficult-to-watch performance by this Pirates’ team. This is not a good team and they are not playing well. Until they start scoring more runs, they can expect these losses to continue to pile up.
Pittsburgh will look to avoid the series sweep when they face off against the Cubs tomorrow afternoon at PNC Park. Kyle Hendricks will take the ball for Chicago against Tyler Anderson for the Bucs.
Record vs. Cubs: 4-7
Record vs. N.L. Central: 7-18
Record at Home: 8-13
Overall Record: 18-30
Let’s Go Bucs!