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Pirates Drop Series To Blue Jays

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their series on Sunday with each team earning a win in the first two games.  Pittsburgh would lead early, but Toronto would rally to take the lead in the fifth and not look back on their way to a 5-4 victory.

Rowdy Tellez, who has been rightfully criticized all season long, had a big day for the Pirates driving in all four of the teams runs.  The first would be in the third when he drove home Connor Joe with a single to right center.  A wild pitch from Pittsburgh starter Quinn Priester would allow Daulton Varsho to score and tie the game at one in the third.

A two run double from Tellez in the fifth would put the Pirates up by two, but that lead was quickly vanquished in the bottom of the inning.  Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in a run with a single to center, and then would come in to score when Daniel Vogelbach plated two runs on a double to right center.  Toronto increased that lead one inning later on a Davis Schneider double to left.  The final RBI for Tellez came in the ninth on a single to center.

Priester started today after being called up from AAA for an injured Alika Williams.  He would throw 4.2 innings allowing four runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.  Hunter Stratton threw the next 1.1 innings and gave up an unearned run to go with three hits.  Carmen Mlodzinski struck out one batter during a scoreless seventh, before Kyle Nicolas walked one batter while throwing in the eighth.

Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt improved to 6-6 on the year after working five innings.  He gave up three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.  Chad Green struck out two and walked two in the sixth, while Trevor Richards pitched a clean seventh.  The eighth belonged to Nate Pearson who allowed one hit to go with a strikeout.  Yimi Garcia earned his third save of the season after navigating the ninth, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts.

This was a winnable series for Pittsburgh after tough losses on Friday and this afternoon.  After a day off on Monday, the Pirates will welcome the Los Angeles Dodgers to PNC Park for a three-game series.  Pittsburgh has had success against Los Angeles over the past few seasons, but they will still need to be at their best against one of the top teams in Major League Baseball.

Record vs. Blue Jays:  1-2

Record vs. American League:  6-13

Record on the Road:  15-17

Overall Record:  27-32

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.