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The Pittsburgh Pirates entered tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins having won three straight series, primarily due to their offense.  Unfortunately, they ran into J.A. Happ tonight, who was nearly perfect on the mound.

Happ, winning his first game of the season, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, with the Bucs’ only knock coming off the bat of Jacob Stallings.  JT Brubaker pitched well on the mound for Pittsburgh, despite losing his first game of the season.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 7 innings.  His ERA sits at 2.01 on the year.

The Twins didn’t need much in the way of offense tonight, but they did just enough to secure the victory.  A solo homerun by Willians Astudillo in the third put them in front, and another solo homerun by Jake Cave in the fifth made it 2-0.  That would be all the Twins needed with Happ on the mound.

This was a tough loss for the Pirates, running into a pitcher who had phenomenal stuff tonight.  There’s not much you can do when a pitcher is locked in like Happ was tonight.  The Bucs will need to right the ship tomorrow if they want to keep their streak of winning series alive.  Trevor Cahill will take the mound for Pittsburgh on Saturday against Michael Pineda for Minnesota.

Record vs. Twins: 0-1

Record vs. American League: 2-2

Record on the Road: 5-8

Overall Record: 9-11

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!