Bedard, Pirates Struggle Against Brewers

Things were looking bright for the Pirates after a shutout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. But things took a turn for the worst when the Brewers answered back Sunday, shattering the Bucs 7-0. While starting pitcher Erik Bedard looked strong out the gate, keeping the scoreboard blank for the first three innings, the Pirates’ defense came apart in the fourth inning and the Brewers took advantage of every scoring chance served up to them. When the dust settled, the Pirates were left the victims of a 0-7 shutout, and dropped another position for the second Wild Card slot this year.

Bedard certainly can’t take all of the blame for last night’s loss — a weak offense also put the game out of reach. While the Brewers excelled at capitalizing on two-out situations, the Pirates simply lost steam every inning, and left stranded runners on base.

Milwaukee right-handed pitcher Mark Rogers completely dismantled the Pirates’ batting rotation, a rotation full of lefties. In fact, the Pirates produced only three hits in the five innings that Rogers pitched, and they had no better luck against Rogers’ relievers. One of the big problems that the Pirates have been having against teams was evident last night. Just like in 22 of the last 27 games, the team playing the Pirates scored the first run and once again, the Pirates were forced to play from behind. Brewers Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy got on base in the fourth inning for Carlos Gomez, who promptly homered, his 13th this year.

The most recent loss leaves the Pirates still seeking two consecutive home game victories, a feat they haven’t accomplished in the past five weeks. The Bucs go on to play the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at 7:05 ET. Buy Pittsburgh Pirates tickets now to see if the Pirates can get through a tough month and shut down the Cardinals in Pittsburgh.


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