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Pirates Drop Ninth Straight Game To Blue Jays

The Pittsburgh Pirates headed north of the border to begin a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.  Pittsburgh had dropped eight straight games to Toronto dating back to 2017 and that number would rise to nine after the Blue Jays earned a 5-3 victory in fourteen innings.

Andrew McCutchen started the scoring in the fifth with a single to left center that scored Nick GonzalesDaniel Vogelbach would tie the game with a double to center.  That ball should have been caught, but Pirates centerfielder Ji Hwan Bae lost the ball while it was in the air. 

In extras Bryan Reynolds hit a sac fly in the eleventh which was answered in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single to center from George SpringerKe’Bryan Hayes would also hit sac fly in the twelfth just to see Toronto tie it up again with a Kevin Kiermaier sac fly.  In the fourteenth Davis Schneider sent the home crowd home happy with a two-run home run.

Baily Falter was lights out for Pittsburgh throwing six strong innings.  He would allow two hits, strikeout five, and walk two.  Colin Holderman was charged with one run in the seventh on one hit with two strikeouts.  Aroldis Chapman, David Bednar, Hunter Stratton, and Carmen Mlodzinski combined to throw six innings, allowing two hits, two unearned runs, five walks and five strikeouts.  Kyle Nicolas was tagged with the loss.

Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios allowed one run on six hits over seven innings with five strikeouts.  Toronto would send Chad Green, Yimi Garcia, Nate Pearson, and Tim Mayza to the bump for the next 5.1 innings.  In total they would allow two unearned runs and strikeout two batters during that time.  Genesis Cabrera earned the win after working 1.2 innings and striking out three batters.

Tough loss that once again saw the Pirates offense show minimal signs of life.  They also had a couple base running blunders that may have taken the momentum out of the innings they occurred.  Both teams will be looking for strong starts from their starters tomorrow after using up so much of their bullpens.  First pitch on Saturday is slated for 3:07pm.

Record vs. Blue Jays:  0-1

Record vs. American League:  5-12

Record on the Road:  14-16

Overall Record:  26-31

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.