Pittsburgh Pirates: Grading Series Loss Against the Tigers

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 07: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers scores in front of John Ryan Murphy #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning at PNC Park on August 7, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 07: JaCoby Jones #21 of the Detroit Tigers scores in front of John Ryan Murphy #18 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the tenth inning at PNC Park on August 7, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 07: Bryan Reynolds #10 and Phillip Evans #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after scoring during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on August 7, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 07: Bryan Reynolds #10 and Phillip Evans #64 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate after scoring during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at PNC Park on August 7, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Offense

This series was probably the best of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday night the offense exploded for 13 runs, bu suffered a loss due to the bullpen meltdown. Saturday afternoon, another good offensive effort was waited as the team scored 5 runs.

Sunday, however, the offense struggled. The Pittsburgh Pirates mustered just 1 run in their 2-1 loss against the Tigers.

What was best to see in this series was struggling Pirate bats trending in the right direction. Josh Bell had three hits and drew a pair of walks over the weekend. Bryan Reynolds had a three hit game with a double on Friday night and drew a walk on Saturday. Kevin Newman was 6-for-15 with two doubles.

The Erik Gonzalez breakout continued as well. E-Gon hit his first home run of the series on Friday night, and finished the series 6-for-13 with that home run and a double.

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The Verdict 

In the three game set against the Tigers the Pittsburgh Pirates scored 19 runs. That is very good for any team over a three game stretch. The problem is, in the final game of those three they only scored 1 run. That is what keeps the offense from getting an A.

Grade: B

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