After a pair of heartbreaking losses to conclude their four-game series against the Miami Marlins, the Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip with their final stop of the trek, a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Colorado lit up the Bucs’ pitching staff from start to finishing, running away with an easy 13-2 blowout victory.
Jose Quintana started for Pittsburgh and had one of his worst performances of the season, giving up six runs on seven hits in five innings. Chris Stratton gave up a run in an inning pitched, and Dillon Peters was tagged for six runs on eight hits in his two innings.
German Marquez earned the victory (6-7) for Colorado, giving up two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. It was an easy victory, coast to coast, for the Rockies, who now have a strong opportunity to take this final series before the All Star Break.
The Pirates’ two runs came in the third and fifth innings, respectively. A sacrifice fly by Josh VanMeter scored the team’s first run, and two frames later, Jason Delay singled home Cal Mitchell. Other than that, it was all Colorado.
Charlie Blackmon had three hits and two RBIs, while Brendan Rodgers had two hits and four RBIs. As a team, Colorado had a whopping 17 hits and didn’t let up on the Bucs’ pitching staffing the entire night.
Pittsburgh will look to quickly turn the page after this ugly loss. They will send Mitch Keller to the mound on Saturday afternoon against the Rockies’ Jose Urena.
Record vs. Rockies: 0-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 12-10
Record on the Road: 18-30
Overall Record: 38-53
Let’s Go Bucs!