Pittsburgh Pirates Woes Continue In Latest Blowout Loss


The Pittsburgh Pirates have now lost eight games in a row

As the 2019 season winds down, the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be a big help for teams in postseason berth. Following a 10-1 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night, the Pirates are now 1-6 this month against teams that are in postseason contention.

With the loss, the Pirates have now lost the first two games of their final road series of the season. This was also their 8th loss in a row, and they are now 21-45 since the All-Star Break. This plummet has dropped the team to 65-90 overall on the season giving them their first 90 loss season since 2011.

In the loss the Pirates did something they have not done much of lately and took an early lead. Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna collected back-to-back two-out singles in the top of the 1st inning. Colin Moran then reached on an error scoring Frazier, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

James Marvel made his 3rd career start for the Pirates. After making a strong start holding the St. Louis Cardinals to 2 runs in 5 innings of work in his MLB debut, the 2019 Pirate Minor League Pitcher of the Year has now struggled in his last two starts.

Marvel lasted just 3 1/3 innings on Saturday night. He allowed 5 runs on six hits, two walks, and home run, and three strikeouts. His night ended when he issued a bases loaded walk and he was lifted for Parker Markel. Markel would allow an inherited runner to score before closing out the inning.

Chris Stratton was summoned by Clint Hurdle to pitch the 5th inning and he allowed a run. Alex McRae was then tagged for a pair of runs in both the 6th inning and 7th inning, running the score to 10-1 Brewers. Yefry Ramirez did what seemed like the unthinkable and pitched a scoreless 8th inning out of the Pirate bullpen.

Things continue to go south in a big way for the Pirates. What once looked like a promising season is now the team’s first 90 loss season since 2011, and is shaping up to be their worst record since 2010. Mercifully, there are only 7 games remaining for the 2019 edition of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club.

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The third and final game of this series, and the Pirates 81st and final road game of the 2019 season, is scheduled for 2:10 on Sunday afternoon. Trevor Williams (5.59 ERA, 4.96 FIP) will make the start for the Pirates while the Brewers will counter with Brandon Woodruff (3.69 ERA, 3.06 FIP).