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Pirates surrender five runs in 1st inning in 8-1 loss vs. Nationals

They dug themselves a hole and didn’t do much to get out of it.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Tyler Anderson has had some good starts this season for the Pirates. In fact, some might say he’s been the brightest part of the rotation. However, tonight was not one of those good starts.

Anderson gave up five runs in the first inning, including a Yan Gomes grand slam in the Pirates’ 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals in the second game of their three-game set.

Anderson settled down after the first, giving up just one more run in the fourth off a Trea Turner triple (say that five times fast!). But even if Anderson hadn’t given up the five runs in the first, the Pirates still wouldn’t have won tonight’s contest.

Once again, the Buccos bats slept past their alarm clock and didn’t really show up until late in the game.

Phillip Evans hit an RBI double to plate the Pirates’ lone run in the game and the team had two men on in the ninth inning, but no runs to show for it.

With a loss tonight, the Pirates have now hit nine on this current losing streak. The last time they hit a double-digit losing streak came in 2010, so hopefully the Bucs can keep that streak alive by ending their current skid.

The Pirates hope to avoid the sweep tomorrow against the Nationals. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. EST.