The Pittsburgh Pirates had yet another chance to sweep, and yet again came up short. This time it would be a blown lead in the ninth and tenth innings, that would lead to a 6-5 loss to the hands of the Miami Marlins.
Sandy Alcantara made the start for Miami and he would allow two runs, one earned, over six innings. Pittsburgh collected six hits off him, to go with four strikeouts and one walk. That first run came in the second inning when Cole Tucker scored on a throwing error by Alcantara. Run number two happened in the seventh when Anthony Alford hit an RBI triple to left. This happened with the Marlins holding a two-run lead.
Miami would get that lead in the fourth when Joe Panik hit a two run double to right center. The Marlins got their third run in the fifth on a sac fly by Jesus Sanchez. These runs would be charged to Max Kranick. Kranick worked five innings, allowing three runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
The Pirates took the lead in the ninth when Hoy Park hit a 390ft. home run to right center. Those runs would be charged to Miami relief pitcher Dylan Floro, who was charged with a blown save. Pittsburgh relief pitcher Chris Stratton would also get a blown save tally added to his total after allowing the tying run to score in the bottom half of the inning.
In the tenth, Ben Gamel gave his team the lead with a sac fly to right. That lead was short lived after Lewin Diaz walked the game off with a two-run homer to deep right. Chad Kuhl would allow the homer and be charged with his seventh loss of the year.
It just doesn’t look like the Pirates have what it will take to sweep a series this year, especially with those opportunities dwindling away. Pittsburgh will continue their road trip tomorrow night when they begin a series with the Cincinnati Reds. First pitch is slated for 6:40pm.
Record vs. Marlins: 5-2
Record vs. N.L. East: 16-14
Record on the Road: 22-52
Overall Record: 56-93
Let’s Go Bucs!