The Pittsburgh Pirates struggled on Roberto Clemente Day, losing to the Chicago White Sox 8-1.
JT Brubaker started the game strong, retiring the first six batters he faced. In the top of the third inning though, Brubaker gave up a solo home run to James McCann. In the fourth inning, the wheels fell off for the young right-handed starter. The White Sox began the fourth with three straight singles and a walk. They would eventually score four runs in the inning. After a clean fifth, Brubaker came out for the sixth inning and gave up a two-run shot, again to McCann. In all, Brubaker went 5.1 innings while allowing seven earned runs.
White Sox starter Dane Dunning was impressive tonight tossing six scoreless innings. He struck out three and allowed just three hits and a walk. The Pirates as a team tallied just four hits total on the night. Their only run came in the eighth inning when Gregory Polanco reached first base on a based loaded catcher’s interference.
The Pirates’ only bright spot in this game came from reliever Nick Tropeano. Tropeano tossed three scoreless innings and struck out five. His ERA on the season is now down to 0.84.
After an off-day tomorrow, the Pirates return to action Friday when they travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals. Steven Brault will take the mound and oppose Kris Bubic.
The first pitch is at 7:05.