The Pirates nice run of four straight wins has come to an end in a 5-1 loss to the Rockies. The team could not find the offense needed to be able to catch up with Colorado’s bats. The Rockies, in general, outhit and outpitched the Pirates Wednesday night. The team does take the series 2-1 as the pitching failed for the first time in the last five games.
Chad Kuhl pitched well despite giving up three earned runs. He only gave up four hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings. His last two starts has been encouraging. The three-four-five hitters for the Bucs, Gregory Polanco, John Jaso and Josh Bell respectively, went a combined 1-11 with one hit and one walk. Polanco drove in the only run with did not count as an RBI as he hit into a double play with runners on the corners. Andrew McCutchen collected another hit in the six spot in the lineup.
The Rockies found the offense they were looking for all series long to add to their NL best record. Rookie German Márquez pitched very well for Colorado only giving up one run and four hits in five innings while striking out two. Ian Desmond hit his fourth home run of the season near the foul pool in left field. Trevor Story, Alexi Amarista, and Pat Valaika along with Márquez drove in the other runs each collecting one RBI. The Rockies offense was in full display to show how they are one of the toughest teams to play in the MLB today.
The Bucs are off tomorrow and the Rockies travel back home to play the San Francisco Giants while the Pirates have a huge series beginning on Friday. The Cubs come to town to begin a three-game series at 7:05 at PNC Park.