In the final game of a three-game set against one of the best team’s in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates fell apart. After being competitive in the first two games of the series, losing each by one run (2-1, 4-3), the bottom fell out Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Not only were Pittsburgh’s bats silent, wracking up just three hits, two of which came from Colin Moran (2-for-4), but the pitching was also shellacked, as starter JT Brubaker gave up seven runs on eight hits in just four innings pitched.
He struck out six and walked two, while giving up a two-run homer to Max Muncy in the first, a solo shot to AJ Pollock in the second, and a three-run shot, again to Muncy (his 28th of the year) in the fourth. Corey Seager also hit a two-run shot off of Kyle Keller in the sixth, as eight of L.A.’s nine runs came off of the long ball.
In addition to the four homers, Pittsburgh pitchers also walked seven batters, and combined with another pathetic performance at the plate, the Bucs were totally dominated in both hitting and pitching.
The Dodgers got seven and a third scoreless innings from Mitch White. He struck six and walked just one to pick up the victory, while Dodgers starter Justin Bruihl pitched one and two-thirds after starting on Monday and delivering a scoreless inning then too.
The Pirates have now lost 5 in a row and 9 of their last 10. They are off today but will be back in action tomorrow against the St. Louis Cardinals on the road.