The offense, like the pitching, stunk
While, yes, the Pirate pitching staff allowed an average of 8 runs per game over the weekend the offense did not help the cause. In this three-game series the Bucco bats could only muster 5 runs. 5 runs in a three-game series is not going to win you very many series, especially at a hitter’s park like Miller Park.
In addition to scoring just 5 runs, the Pirate offense mustered just 16 hits in the three games. 16 hits in 27 innings is not a recipe for success.
When the team did have base runners, they failed to capitalize. The Pirates were just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the weekend, and they left 15 runners on base. Hell, the lone run they scored Saturday night came via a Milwaukee error.
While the Pirate offense has been better than expected this season, it has still not been good enough. The team has gotten below league average production out of third base, second base, and right field. Catcher? Well, that has been a total and complete train wreck.
During this nine game losing streak the Pirate offense has been shut out once, scored just 1 run four times, and they have scored just 26 runs. 14 of these 26 runs came when they scored 8 runs in their series opener against the Cubs last weekend and 6 in the series finale from Wrigley.