It was an ugly, ugly series for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Arizona Diamondbacks this week. Mercifully, it is over.
There was a point in time when the San Diego Padres seemingly never lost at PNC Park. Now, those sentiments are true about another National League West team – the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This week, the Diamondbacks came into PNC Park and swept a four-game series against the Pirates. With this sweep, the Diamondbacks have now won 10 games in a row at PNC Park. Following this series, the Pirates are now just one game over .500 this season at 12-11.
Prior to getting swept by the Diamondbacks the Pirates were among the hottest teams in baseball. The Bucs had won three series in a row, and were 6-2 overall in those series. However, the team’s hot streak has now stopped in its tracks.
It was an ugly series for the Pirates. The team did not pitch well, played poor defense, and the offense was non-existent after the 5th inning of game one on Monday night.
Next up for the Bucs is a trip to the West Coast for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. But before the Pirates kick off their series against the Dodgers, let’s take a look at a trio of takeaways from being swept by Arizona.