The Pirates and Phillies played a National League record tying four hours and thirty minutes in a game that was not only long but excruciating, as the Pirates bullpen coughed up twelves runs en route to a 17-6 Philadelphia victory. It was the second time in four games that Pittsburgh allowed seventeen runs.
Pirates starter Trevor Williams lasted only 2 1⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks. Odubel Herrera’s three-run homer to the bank fence of the right field stands gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead in the top of the third.
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta lasted only 2 1⁄3 innings, allowing five hits and two walks. He was chased after Corey Dickerson and Josh Harrison singled to cut the Phils’ lead to 5-3.
Josh Bells’ double and Starling Marte’s single actually brought the Pirates to within one, down 5-4, and Steven Brault threw two scoreless innings in relief of Williams, keeping the hopes alive.
But you knew they weren’t going to be able to wipe it off when Richard Rodriguez walked three batters in one inning. He allowed a pair of runs. Then Dovydas Neverauskas allowed four, then Josh Smoker three and then Tyler Glasnow three.
Twelve unanswered runs until a mini-rally by a cameo from the Indianapolis Indians in the bottom of the ninth produced one final run for the Pirates.
236 pitches. Ten walks, combined with eighteen Phillies hits. Three more wild pitches.
In what appears to be the latest Collapsening, the Pirates have now lost eleven of their last fifteen games and have fallen six games in the standings, now only two games ahead of the surging Cincinnati Reds for last place in the division.
The two teams will meet again at 4:05 pm Eastern on Saturday, as Jameson Taillon (5-6, 4.05) faces Jake Arrieta (5-6, 3.54)