After a 90-minute rain delay, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays played their series finale on Sunday afternoon. As has been the trend this series Toronto jumped out to an early lead and built on it, while the Pittsburgh offense and pitching struggled to find any traction. In the end, the Blue Jays clinched a three-game sweep of the Pirates with a 10-1 victory.
Whit Merrifield started the scoring with an RBI single to center in the first. He would follow that up in the third inning with a three-run home run to left. In the fifth Danny Jansen brought home Matt Chapman when he grounded out. Pittsburgh got on the board in the eighth on a Carlos Santana single, which brought home Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Toronto had control of this game, but put an exclamation point on it with a five run ninth inning. Daulton Varsho launced a 419 ft. two run home run to right to get it started. Jansen would double home Brandon Belt, before scoring on a two-run dinger by Kevin Kiermaier.
Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi got his fifth win of the year after pitching 6.1 innings. He would allow four hits to go with two walks and three strikeouts. Yimi Garcia allowed one run on one hit, with a walk and a strikeout over one inning. Jordan Romano struckout one batter and left the bases loaded in the eighth. The ninth belonged to Nate Pearson who allowed one hit to go with one strikeout.
The Pirates pitching struggled once again today as Roansy Contreras allowed five runs on nine hits, with four strikeouts and three walks during five innings. Dauri Moreta and Jose Hernandez covered the next two innings and struck out one and two batters respectively. Chase De Jong was roughed up for five runs on six hits with one strikeout, while pitching the eighth and ninth innings.
This losing streak has been very tough to watch as both the pitching and hitting have suffered during this time. Hopefully, getting away from playing the A.L. East will help, as the next series will feature a visit from the Colorado Rockies. Pittsburgh swept their series on the road against Colorado just three weeks ago, and will look for similar luck beginning Monday night.
Record vs. Blue Jays: 0-3
Record vs. American League: 6-9
Record at Home: 9-7
Overall Record: 20-15
Let’s Go Bucs!