The Pittsburgh Pirates ended a long losing streak by winning a pair of games over the Colorado Rockies this past weekend. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, they have now started a new losing streak, continued by a 10-5 defeat to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Wil Crowe started for Pittsburgh and did not have a good performance on the mound. He gave up eight runs on eight hits in four innings, falling to 0-4 with a 7.26 ERA on the season.
Trailing by a run in the third inning, the Bucs scored three runs to take control of the game (at the time). A single by Bryan Reynolds tied the game, and sacrifice flies by Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel made it 3-1. They added another run in the fourth on a double by Michael Perez.
The Royals got back within a run in the bottom of the fourth on a two run homerun by Salvador Perez. A single by Whit Merrifield tied the game, followed later in the inning by a grand slam off the bat of Andrew Benintendi to make it 8-4.
Adam Frazier’s double in the sixth made it 8-5, but another homerun by Perez in the seventh an a sac fly by Michael A. Taylor made it 10-5, which would be the final score.
The Pirates have no consistency on the mound, in the field, or at the plate. They can put together a couple of victories but can’t sustain any type of momentum. And, of course, they simply don’t have the talent on the field to consistently compete with their opponents.
After a day off on Wednesday, the Bucs will return to PNC Park to begin a four game series against the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
Record vs. Royals: 1-3
Record vs. American League – 5-5
Record on the Road: 10-19
Overall Record: 20-34