The Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak reached seven games Saturday night when they were blanked by the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0 at Citizens Bank Park.
Another poor performance by starting pitching doomed the Pirates, who couldn’t plate a run. Eight Pirates made it on base, but they didn’t manage a single hit with runners in scoring position on the way to another loss.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the first against Pittsburgh starter Tyler Beede (1-4), who pitched three innings, striking out five but allowing six runs.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto put the Phillies in front, 3-0, with a slow-rolling double that made it to the left field wall.
The Pirates (47-79) had two on with two out in the second, but Phillies pitcher Kyle Gibson (9-5) picked right fielder Greg Allen off of first base to end the inning.
The Phillies (72-55) continued to pour it on in the home half, stretching the lead to 5-0. Beede walked a pair of batters, both of whom scored—onn RBI single by first baseman Rhys Hoskins, and an RBI groundout by third baseman Alec Bohm.
Nick Castellanos made it 6-0 with a solo home run in the third inning, a drive to right-center.
Chase De Jong replaced Beede for the fourth and steadied the ship, pitching three scoreless innings. The Pirates offense, however, couldn’t back up his performance.
The Pirates’ best scoring chance came in the fifth inning, when Allen and Tucupita Marcano led off with consecutive singles, but Gibson induced a lineout and a pair of strikeouts to escape the threat.
Phillies’ pitchers set on cruise control from there, and the Pirates put just two runners on base across the final four innings.
Gibson struck out nine across seven scoreless innings, and relievers Sam Coonrod and Nick Nelson preserved the shutout.
The 6-0 final mirrors Pittsburgh’s 0-6 record against their commonwealth rivals in 2022.
The Pirates will play to avoid the season sweep at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Roansy Contreras (3-4, 3.86 ERA) will toe the bump for the Pirates against Noah Syndergaard (8-8, 3.77 ERA).