The Pittsburgh Pirates couldn’t solve Shane Bieber on the mound Wednesday night, falling victim to a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians while suffering yet another series sweep.
Bieber continued his dominant run on the mound, improving to 5-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.11 for the season. He gave up six hits and struck out 11 batters in six innings of work. His mound opponent, Trevor Williams, fell to 1-4 on the season, but he pitched well for Pittsburgh. He gave up one run on six hits and two walks in his four innings.
The offense let the team down on Wednesday, as they managed just seven hits as a team. Kevin Newman was the only player to have more than one hit in the game.
Cleveland took the lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Beau Taylor, scoring Franmil Reyes. The Indians added another run in the top of the eighth to make it 2-0, but it turned out to be unnecessary as Pittsburgh couldn’t do anything at the plate.
The look on the players’ faces in the dugout on Wednesday accurately illustrate just how difficult this season has been for the Pirates. They cannot figure out a way to win games, and it’s only going to get worse unless there is a change in the tides.
The Pirates will continue their home stand on Thursday night when they welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town at PNC Park.
Record vs. Indians: 0-3
Record vs. American Leagues: 1-9
Record at Home: 2-9
Overall Record: 4-17
Let’s Go Bucs!