The Pittsburgh Pirates headed to Coors Field today after a very successful four game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals. That success must have missed the flight, because Pittsburgh was shutout 2-0 by the Colorado Rockies in game one of this three game series. This was the second time in the history of this series that the score was 2-0, the lowest total runs of any game between these two teams.
Both starting pitchers went five innings today on the mound. Pirates starter Tyler Anderson allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Kyle Freeland allowed just three hits and struck out seven batters with one walk.
Colorado got on the board with their first run in the third inning. That run would score when Yonathan Daza hit an RBI triple to right center. That one run lead would then be doubled in the fifth inning when former Bucco Elias Diaz hit a 425 ft. solo home run to center. Pittsburgh would have two players reach base twice, as Jacob Stallings and Kevin Newman each went 2-4.
Both bullpens did the job to support their starters by keeping the opposing team off the scoreboard. The Pirates would use three pitchers to cover the final three innings. Clay Holmes struck out two and walked two during the sixth inning. Chasen Shreve struck out one while pitching 1.1 innings. Kyle Crick collected the final two outs of the eighth and walked one batter.
Even with the offensive woes that Pittsburgh has had this season, it is always surprising when a team cannot manage to plate a run in the thin air of Denver, Colorado. Hopefully tomorrow the offense will show up and the Pirates can continue what has a been a successful road trip. Colin Moran left the game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Tomorrow’s pitching matchup will feature Chase De Jong of Pittsburgh taking on German Marquez. First pitch is slated for 8:40pm.
Record vs. Rockies: 2-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 7-12
Record on the Road: 13-27
Overall Record: 29-48
Let’s Go Bucs!