The Pittsburgh Pirates have now dropped five straight games, this after a 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend, they are now in danger of a winless road trip with only one game remaining on Wednesday.
The Bucs couldn’t solve Patrick Corbin on Tuesday, who struck out 12 batters while only giving up one run on five hits in eight innings. It has been a difficult season for Corbin, but he was magnificent on Tuesday, improving to 4-10 on the season and lowering his ERA to 6.06.
Jose Quintana pitched well for Pittsburgh, giving up one run on four hits in six innings. Wil Crowe suffered the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in two innings.
The Nationals scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning. Nelson Cruz’s groundout scored Juan Soto to make it 1-0, and that lead would stay in tact until the sixth inning.
Diego Castillo blasted a solo homerun, his eighth of the season, to center field to tie the game. But in the bottom of the eighth, a two-run single by Yadiel Hernandez scored Luis Garcia and Cesar Hernandez for the game-winning hit.
This was another close, tough loss for the Pirates. They have lost a large number of close games this month, and their freefall continues. They are now 16 games under .500 and are in danger of being swept by the Nationals. They will take the field Wednesday afternoon in the finale, sending Mitch Keller to the mound against Paolo Espino for Washington.
Record vs. Nationals: 3-3
Record vs. N.L. East: 3-7
Record on the Road: 12-25
Overall Record: 29-45
Let’s Go Bucs!