No, this isn’t a replay of Monday and Tuesday, but the Pirates fell to the Cardinals again this afternoon by the score of 2-1 again. Despite allowing just six runs in three games, the Pirates were swept to fall to 6-9.
Gerrit Cole gave the Pirates another solid start in this series as he went 6.0 innings, allowing just six hits, two runs while striking out eight batters. The only two runs allowed were two solo home runs by Dexter Fowler.
The Pirates bats were quiet once again with the lone run coming off Josh Bell‘s first home run of 2017. He took Michael Wacha deep in the top of the fourth inning. Wacha limited the Pirates to just four hits and one run in 6.2 innings. The Bucs were given two gifts in the 8th inning with two straight errors. A walk loaded the bases with two out, but Polanco grounded out to first on a great diving stop by Matt Carpenter.
John Jaso singled in the 9th inning, but Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna each struck out to end the game. The Bucs scored just three runs total in this series and couldn’t find the big hit when they needed it.
How rare is it to get swept in a three-game series after allowing only six or less runs?
Last (only other) time #Pirates were swept in a 3 game series & gave up 6 or fewer runs was July 14, 16, 17, 1888 vs Phillies 1-0, 1-0, 2-0
— John Dreker (@JohnDreker) April 19, 2017
Yeah…hasn’t happened since 1888. That’s EIGHTEEN 88. Obviously it’s horrible, but the putrid offense is also unlucky and unsustainable. It’s going to be an uphill climb without Kang or Marte, but the offense is better than this. They might not be in the top 10 overall, but they’re not this awful. Plus, they out-hit the Cards in this series 21-17. It will get better.
Some good news out of this series is the pitching staff dominated and received three solid starts by the rotation with Cole, Kuhl and Nova getting the job done. Each went at least six innings, Nova tossed a complete game. Add in Taillon and this rotation looks like it’ll keep their team in it each day. No matter what Glasnow does in the next two months, the 1-4 in this rotation is solid.
The Pirates have an off day Thursday before returning home to PNC Park to face the New York Yankees in a three-game interleague series.