After winning four straight games earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates have fallen on hard times. They dropped two heartbreaking extra inning losses to the Miami Marlins, and have now lost two straight to the Colorado Rockies.
This afternoon at Coors Field, the Pirates and Rockies battled from start to finish, with both offenses being held in check. But the Rockies were able to get the key hits when they mattered most, edging the Bucs by a 2-0 score.
Mitch Keller started for Pittsburgh, and was solid on the mound. The performance represented a continuation of a string of good starts by the Bucs’ right hander. Today, he unfortunately suffered the loss (3-7) despite only giving up one unearned run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. His mound opponent, Jose Urena, held the Pirates in check throughout his six innings on the bump. He gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts, earning his first victory of the season.
The Rockies didn’t need much offense today, but they got the key hits when they needed them most. Kris Bryant led the way with three hits. His RBI single in the fifth inning scored Connor Joe for the game’s first run. Charlie Blackmon provided an insurance run in the seventh inning with a RBI single to right, scoring Brian Serven. Colorado led 2-0 at that point, which would be the final score.
This is certainly a frustrating way to wrap up the first half of the season, having lost four straight games. The Bucs will look to avoid the series sweep when they take the field against the Rockies tomorrow afternoon at Coors Field.
Record vs. Rockies: 0-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 12-11
Record on the Road: 18-31
Overall Record: 38-54
Let’s Go Bucs!