Connect with us


Pirates Skid Reaches Five with 4-0 Loss to Blue Jays



Pittsburgh Pirates- Rich Hill

PITTSBURGH – The good feelings the Pittsburgh Pirates generated in April are starting to fade away in May.

The Pirates’ losing streak reached a season-high five games Friday night when they fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 in the opener of a three-game series at PNC Park. The Blue Jays snapped a five-game skid.

Compounding matters is the Pirates had two players injured Friday. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen sprained his left ankle during pre-game workouts and infielder/outfielder Ji Hwan Bae left the game in the eighth inning after coming up lame while running down the first-base line while he grounded out.

Chris Bassitt (4-2) worked seven innings and combined with two relievers to shut out the Pirates on four hits. The loss dropped the Pirates to 20-13, which is still good for first place in the National League Central.

Rich Hill (3-3) allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings in taking the loss after winning his previous three starts with a 1.56 ERA. The 43-year-old left-hander struck out five and walked two.

Bryan Reynolds had the Pirates’ lone extra-base hit with a double in the sixth inning that extended his hitting streak to 10. It is the fifth hitting streak of at least 10 games in his five-year career.

The Pirates also have had an extra-base hit in 33 straight games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the first inning when Bo Bichette doubled and scored on Vladimir Guerrero’s Jr.’s single. Back-to-back doubles by Whit Merrifield and Daulton Varsho in the fourth made it 2-0.

George Springer then doubled the Blue Jays’ lead by unloading a two-run home run to center field in the fifth inning that traveled 423 feet.

Merrifield had two hits.

The series continues at 6:35 p.m. Saturday with Johan Oviedo (2-2, 4.78) pitching for the Pirates against Jose Berrios (2-3, 5.29). Oviedo gave up a season-high seven runs in 2.1 innings last Sunday in a loss to the Nationals at Washington.

John Perrotto is a columnist for Pittsburgh Baseball Now and has covered the Pittsburgh Pirates and MLB since 1988.

Subscribe Today!

Subscribe today!

PBN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox.

Copyright © 2021 Pittsburgh Baseball Network and Pittsburgh Sports Now. All rights reserved. In no way endorsed by the Pittsburgh Pirates or Major League Baseball.

Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (PA/IL) or 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN only) or 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA only) or 1-800-522-4700 (CO Only) or TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789.