The Pittsburgh Pirates are now 1-12 in their last 13 games
Being a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates sucks right now. There may not be a team in baseball playing worse than the Pirates currently are and this comes as the Bucs are finishing off a miserable 2017 campaign by limping to the finish line.
With their 1-0 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night the Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost 12 of their last 13 games. This plummet has caused the Pirates to fall to 68-84 on the season. The Pirates are also now just half a game ahead of the last place Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central.
Trevor Williams started for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night and was solid in five innings of work.
Outside of a solo home run by Domingo Santana in the top of the fourth inning, Williams kept the Brewers off the board in his five innings of work. He allowed a total of three hits, he walked a pair, and he struck out six.
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While the 2017 season has been a miserable one for the Pittsburgh Pirates one bright spot has undoubtedly been the emergence of Trevor Williams.
After Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning, the Pirates finally threatened against Chase Anderson in the bottom half of the inning. Unfortunately, it would not amount to anything.
Andrew McCutchen would then strike out for the first out of the inning. On the play, however, Marte would steal his second base of the game and 18th of the season. Josh Bell then popped out to shallow center field for the second out of the inning. Anderson then got Gregory Polanco to pop out on the infield to end the inning with the score still 1-0 Milwaukee.
In six innings of work on Tuesday night Chase Anderson held the Pirates scoreless. He allowed just five hits, he did not walk a batter, and he struck out eight.
Neverauskas returned to the hill to start the top of the seventh inning. After retiring Stephen Voght to start the inning, he issued back-to-back walks. This led to him being lifted for Daniel Hudson. Hudson would use a ground ball and a strikeout to keep the score 1-0 Brewers.
After the Pirates were retired in order in the bottom of the seventh inning, Edgar Santana was called upon to pitch the top of the eighth inning. After allowing a one-out single to Ryan Braun, Santana got a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Travis Shaw to end the inning.
To start the bottom of the eighth inning pinch-hitter Chris Bostick reached on an infield hit. However, Brewer pitcher Anthony Swarzak would retire the next three Pirate batters to end the inning.
In the top of the ninth inning George Kontos allowed a single and issued a walk to start the inning. After the Brewers laid down a sacrifice bunt, Kontos struck out Brett Phillips to keep runners on second and third with two outs. He then got Eric Sogard to pop out on the infield to end the inning.
Corey Knebel took the mound for the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth inning. Knebel would continue to show why he is one of the best relievers in the National League retiring the Pirates in order to finish off a 1-0 Brewer victory.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a total and complete mess right now. Not only are they 1-12 in their last 13 games, but they have not even been competitive. During this stretch the Pirates have scored just 22 runs, they have had poor baserunning, and have played bad defense.
Luckily, the train wreck that is the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates is nearing its end as just 10 games remain in the season.
The third and final game of this series will feature a pitching matchup of Steven Brault and Aaron Wilkerson. This will be the first career Major League start for Wilkerson. First pitch from PNC Park is scheduled for 7:05 on Wednesday night.