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Pirates Drop Series To Angels

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Los Angeles Angels this afternoon in the rubber match of the series at PNC Park.  A closely-contested game throughout resulted in a 5-4 victory for the Angels, who claimed the three game series after losing the opener on Monday.

Jose Soriano and Martin Perez started for Los Angeles and Pittsburgh respectively, and both battled their way through less than stellar starts.  Soriano gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings, while Perez gave up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts in five innings.  Neither pitcher earned a decision on the day.

The Angels broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning when Jo Adell hammered a solo homerun to center field.  In the fifth inning, Adell added to his strong day at the plate with a RBI single, scoring Brandon Drury to make it 2-0.

A bases-clearing, three-run double by Oneil Cruz in the bottom of the fifth gave the Pirates a 3-2 lead, which was followed by a RBI single by Connor Joe to make it 4-2.

Los Angeles responded with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.  Logan O’Hoppe singled home a run to make it 4-3, and a RBI double by Drury tied the game, 4-4.  A sacrifice fly by Willie Calhoun that scored O’Hoppe proved to be the game-winner, as the Pirates couldn’t muster any offense in the game’s final innings.

This was another disappointing and discouraging loss for the Bucs.  After winning on Monday, they had a strong chance to win their second straight series, but instead, they dropped two consecutive games to a team that is quite frankly, not very good.  Perez did not pitch well today, and while the offense did score some runs which is almost unprecedented at this point, they couldn’t do enough to get a victory.

After a day off on Thursday, the Bucs will return to action at PNC Park, wrapping their home stand with a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.  First pitch of the series-opener on Friday is set for 6:40pm.

Record vs. Angels: 1-2

Record vs. American League: 4-10

Record at Home: 8-10

Overall Record: 17-21

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor