For the second straight night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were plagued by poor defense and questionable officiating, and it resulted in an 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Pirates took a lead in the top of the third thanks to a solo home run by Andrew McCutchen, his sixth of the year.
If Cutch has a million fans, I'm one of them.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 3, 2023
If Cutch has one fan, I'm that one fan.
If Cutch has no fans, I'm not here anymore. pic.twitter.com/ReJ2CfH9TX
The Rays, however, bounced back with a three-run bottom of the inning. Things started with a defensive gaffe by Rodolfo Castro which allowed the tying run to score, then Brandon Lowe doubled in two more to push the Rays ahead.
Things got even worse for the Pirates in the fourth. Manager Derek Shelton was ejected after arguing with third base umpire Adrian Johnson, claiming Rays starter Shane McClanahan violated the pitch clock rule but was not held accountable for it.
Pirates manager Derek Shelton was HEATED and ran out to the umpire while Shane McClanahan was pitching— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 3, 2023
Immediately after, Johnson was shown telling bench coach Don Kelly “I’m watching you.”
Adrian Johnson thinks the 3,500 fans in St Pete came to watch him chew sun flower seeds tonight. What a bum. pic.twitter.com/YTmAR68eBM— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) May 3, 2023
With Pandora’s Box wide open, the Rays poured on five runs over the final five innings. Two of which came on home runs by Josh Lowe and Wander Franco.
One bright spot for Pittsburgh was starter Mitch Keller, who struck out eight over five innings pitched and allowed just one earned run.
The Pirates will try to avoid being swept Thursday afternoon. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.