White Sox Blast Pirates To Complete Sweep

The Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon less than 24 hours after being no hit by Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito.  While they were able to collect some hits and runs today, the result was the same, as they dropped the second game of this two-game series by the final of 10-3.  Chicago jumped out front early and did not look back.

Trevor Williams made the start for Pittsburgh today, and though he lasted six innings it was far from his best work.  Williams allowed eight runs on nine hits to go with two walks and three strikeouts.  The run scoring started in the second when Luis Robert hit a sac fly to center.  Later in the inning Nomar Mazara hit an RBI single to left center.  The final two runs of the inning crossed the plate on a home run by Danny Mendick that popped out of Gregory Polanco’s glove on its way over the fence.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the fourth and Eloy Jimenez smacked a three-run bomb in the fifth to put the White Sox ahead 8-0.  That was more than enough for starter Dallas Keuchel, as he allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.  Those two runs allowed came in the sixth on a Jacob Stallings single to shallow left center with the bases loaded.

The fourth and final Chicago homer of the day came off the bat of Jose Abreu in the seventh, a two-run shot to left center.  Tyler Bashlor allowed that homer, while working the final two innings of the game. He would also allow three hits, while striking out one batter.   The Pirates lone home run of the day came in the eighth when Erik Gonzalez hit one over the left field fence off of White Sox relief pitcher Zack Burdi.

We should all be thankful that this series is over.  A no hitter and a seven-run loss are a great way to ruin any positive vibes this team picked up after sweeping the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.  Things don’t get any easier though, as the Buccos play a doubleheader in St. Louis tomorrow before heading north for a four-game series in Milwaukee this weekend.

Record vs. White Sox:  0-2

Record vs. American League:  1-11

Record on the Road:  2-10

Overall Record:  7-19

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!