Last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 4-3.
Mitch Keller certainly had an interesting final start of his season. Over five innings pitched, he did not allow a hit. That said, he did walk eight batters and gave up one run. His ERA to end the year is 2.91. His DRA is 6.88. Keller was one of the most unlucky pitchers in 2019. This season, that luck reversed.
In the fourth inning, Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead. It was his seventh home run of the year. In the top of the eighth, Ke’Bryan Hayes gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead with an RBI single. Hayes has been great this year. After going 1-3 with a walk last night, he is hitting .329/.400/.592 on the season.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pirates did what they have done all season. Not win. With Chris Stratton pitching, the Indians’ Tyler Naquin led the inning off with a walk. That is never a good thing. Former Pirate, Jordon Luplow, then hit a double to score Naquin. After a flyout, Delino DeShields tied the game up with a single. After getting Francisco Lindor to line out to right, Cesar Hernandez walked off the game with a double to right field. The Indians won 4-3.
If you’re keeping track, the Texas Rangers won last night against the Houston Astros in 10 innings by a score of 5-4. One more loss for the Pirates will clinch the number one pick in next year’s draft.
Later today, Joe Musgrove will oppose Aaron Civale in the second game of this series.
The first pitch is at 7:10.