Final Score: Pirates 2 Phillies 8
Why The Pirates Lost: The pitching staff gave up 18 hits, allowing the Phillies to score 8 runs in just 6 innings. J.T. Brubaker gave up 7 hits and 2 runs through the first 4 innings but in the 5th all hell broke loose. While the Pirates Swiss cheese bats could only muster 2 runs, they did manage to get 9 hits and “only” struck out 9 times. In the end, it was just another blowout loss for the last place Pittsburgh Pirates. Management is finally getting its wish, and the draft is looking good for next year.
Key Moment of The Game: The Pirates were only trailing 2-1 going into the 5th inning. Brubaker was dancing through the raindrops, much like Mitch Keller the game before, but in the 5th his luck ran out. A home run, an out, and then 4 straight singles quickly made the score 5-1 and the game was essentially over.
Next game: Tuesday Brewers in Pittsburgh. Now the Pirates can help the Brewers extend their lead in the NL Central. Could the losing streak stretch to 10. Only The Shadow knows for sure, but one thing is certain, he will find some way to make the lineup as incompetent as possible. Van Meter and Tsutsugo forever.