Things did not begin well Saturday evening for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The first three batters reached for the Toronto Blue Jays against Pirates starter, Johan Oviedo. It was 1-0 before Oviedo got two outs, but then he gave up back-to-back doubles for an early 4-0 deficit.
In the third inning, the Jays strung together some more hits — with a Rodolfo Castro error mixed in — that pushed their lead to 7-0.
The Pirates offense has really fallen off lately, and this game wasn’t very different. Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios kept the Pirates hitless until the fifth inning, when Ke’Bryan Hayes finally singled to right field.
In the sixth, the Pirates finally got on the board when Connor Joe singled in Bryan Reynolds after he had hit a double.
Jack Suwinski hit his seventh homer of the season in the seventh inning to make it 8-2, after the Jays had added their eighth run in top of the inning.
It was the Pirates sixth loss in a row, and yet they’re still holding strong at the top of the NL Central because everyone else is losing too.
Raised in Cranberry Twp, PA, Jeff attended Kent State University and worked in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, before moving to New Orleans in September of 2012. His background is as an Engineering Designer, but he has always had a near unhealthy passion for Pittsburgh sports. Hockey and Baseball are his 1A and 1B, combined with his mathematical background, it's led to Jeff's desire in diving into analytics. Jeff is known as Bucs'N'Pucks in the comments, and began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2022 after contributing so many useful bits of information in the comment section.