P2Live: Pirates Play Badly in Every Phase of Game in Ninth Straight Loss

The Pirates have reached a season worst eight game losing streak. They send out a lineup this afternoon that is absent Bryan Reynolds and Andrew McCutchen.

If the Pirates game should go bad, there is Braxton Ashcraft’s Double-A debut to look forward to in Altoona this afternoon. Indianapolis and Altoona are both playing double-headers today.


Game Time: 12:35 PM EST
Pirates Starter: Rich Hill, LHP (6-6, 4.31)
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (2-2, 2.86)
Pirates Lineups:

Cubs Lineups:


Game Time: 1:05 PM EST | Double Header
Projected Starter: Kent Emanuel, LHP
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Game Time: 4:30 PM EST | Double Header
Projected Starter: Braxton Ashcraft, RHP (Double-A Debut)
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Game Time: 12:00 PM EST
Projected Starter: TBA
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Game Time: 6:00 PM EST
Projected Starter: TBA
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With all of our game reports now going into this daily article, the Prospect Watch has been repurposed as a daily look at three prospects throughout the system. Check the site each day at noon for the latest edition. We’ll keep the archives updated here.

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6/19: Henry Davis, Bubba Chandler, Julian Bosnic
6/18: Jared Jones, Matt Gorski, Tony Blanco Jr.
6/17: Liover Peguero, Dominic Perachi, Carlos Mateo
6/16: Kyle Nicolas, Anthony Solometo, Jack Brannigan
6/15: Shalin Polanco, Abrahan Gutierrez, Will Matthiessen
6/14: Nick Cimillo, Geovanny Planchart, Jesus Castillo


Jared Jones is emerging as one of the best pitching prospects in the system. He might even emerge as an MLB depth option by the end of the year. Anthony Murphy looks at how his changeup helped him in his Triple-A debut.

**Pirates Prospects Daily: Changeup Helps Jared Jones In Strong Triple-A Debut

Last week, Termarr Johnson had a four hit day. He hasn’t really stopped hitting in the days since, including a two homer night yesterday. Anthony Murphy looked at that four hit day to see what stands out about last year’s first round pick.

**Termarr Johnson: Patience Brings Career Day At The Plate

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By Wilbur Miller

Check back at the end of the night for all of the daily results throughout the system, or, join the discussion in the comments if you’re following Live.

Final ScoreCubs 8, Pirates 3
Player of the Game:  Andrew McCutchen (DNP)

The Pirates and their hapless hitters continued to embarrass themselves, losing 8-3 to the Cubs for their ninth straight loss.  Their clown show of an offense was limited to two hits.

For those still wondering, What happened to this team?, it’s becoming less and less mysterious.  In four years now, Ben Cherington has yet to put anything remotely resembling a major league lineup on the field.  Examples aren’t exactly elusive.  For instance, the Pirates’ typical #3-4 hitters, Connor Joe and Carlos Santana, would be bench bats on a major league team.  And then there’s the punchline known as Austin Hedges.  April was a huge fluke.  This is a bad team, badly run, badly managed and badly coached.

The ”offense” did have one major achievement:  it scored a run for the first time in 26 innings.  Joe led off the second with a walk and Josh Palacios followed with an RBI double.  But the hitters quickly reverted to form, as the next three left Palacios stranded.

That put the Pirates ahead at the time, but it didn’t last.  Rich Hill continued to pitch just well enough to provide innings without putting the team in a position to win.  He got banged around for three runs in the third.  With two outs in the sixth, Hill followed a rare error by Ke’Bryan Hayes by allowing a hit batsman and a two-run double to make it 5-1.

The bullpen played its usual role, illustrating Cherington’s abject failure to assemble useful depth.  Roansy Contreras fanned three over an inning and a third, but he also gave up a solo home run in the seventh.  Angel Perdomo came on for the eighth and couldn’t throw strikes, a problem that’s becoming an epidemic throughout Cherington’s organization.  Perdomo left with the bases loaded and two outs, and Yerry De Los Santos promptly surrendered a two-run single.  David Bednar finally gave the bullpen a rare scoreless inning in the ninth.

The “offense” meanwhile continued doing what it does.  Through six innings, Palacios’ double was the only hit.  In the seventh, Joe got the team’s second hit and the Cubs even gifted them with two runs.  Henry Davis got hit by a pitch for the first time in the majors, then a walk loaded the bases.  Trey Mancini at first booted a two-out grounder and threw the ball away, giving the Pirates two runs in the closest thing they’ve seen in a long time to an offensive outburst.  That made it 6-3, but Perdomo and De Los Santos quickly gave those runs back.

The Pirates had nothing more to offer after that.  They managed two, one-out walks in the eighth, but did nothing with them.  They went down meekly in the ninth.  The team finished a typical 0-for-8 with RISP.


By John Dreker


Final Score: Indianapolis 11, Columbus 2
Player of the Game: Jared Triolo 3-for-3, 2 RBI, 4 SB, 3 Runs, BB

Indianapolis won 11-2 at home over Columbus, taking the first game of a doubleheader. The Indians put up all of that offense over six innings in the seven-inning contest. Jared Triolo had himself quite a day, going 3-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs, a walk and four stolen bases, doubling his season steal total.

Aaron Shackelford drove in three runs, while connecting on his tenth homer. Miguel Andujar drove in two runs with his 18th double. Endy Rodriguez brought in a pair late with his tenth double.

Ryan Vilade had two hits and two walks. Both hits were doubles. Nick Gonzales reached base on his 14th double, two walks and a HBP.

Starter Kent Emanuel allowed two runs over six innings, while striking out eight batters. He has a 6.37 ERA over 53.2 innings for Indianapolis. John O’Reilly finished things off with a scoreless seventh.


Final Score: Columbus 3, Indianapolis 2
Player of the Game: Travis MacGregor 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO

Indianapolis used up too much offense in the first game, losing 3-2 in the second game. Travis MacGregor got the start in his second appearance since being promoted to Indianapolis. He tossed three scoreless on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

Duane Underwood Jr took the loss in this game, allowing all three runs, though one was unearned. He gave up five hits in two innings, with no walks or strikeouts. Juan Minaya tossed two scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut this year.

The offense came from an unexpected source, as backup catcher Grant Koch hit a two-run homer.

Indianapolis had just three hits, though one was the fourth hit of the day from Jared Triolo, who collected his eighth double.


Final Score: Altoona 3, Bowie 2
Player of the Game: Lolo Sanchez 1-for-3, 2 RBI

Braxton Ashcraft made his Altoona debut on Wednesday and put in a solid performance. He tossed three innings on 44 pitches (31 strikes), with two hits, one unearned run, no walks and four strikeouts.

Justin Meis allowed a solo homer in his three innings of work to pick up the win. Tyler Samaniego got the save with a shutout frame in the seventh, as Altoona won game one of the doubleheader by a 3-2 score.

The Curve scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Lolo Sanchez started the scoring with a two-run single. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Gonzalez.

Liover Peguero collected his 18th double.


Final Score: Altoona 1, Bowie 0
Player of the Game:

Liover Peguero led off the bottom of the first with a home run. The next/final 18 batters for Altoona went down in a row. It didn’t matter though because three Curve pitchers combined for a shutout in game two of the doubleheader.

Bowie had plenty of chances to score, putting eight men on base. Nick Dombkowski, Omar Cruz and Oliver Garcia combined for the seven shutout frames.

Dombkowski went four innings on two hits and two walks. Cruz allowed three runners in 1.2 innings. Garcia did the dirty work, stranding two runners in the sixth, then closing the door in the seventh for his fourth save.

Matt Gorski, Matt Fraizer and Abrahan Gutierrez each went 0-for-2


Final Score: Greensboro 11, Winston-Salem 2
Player of the Game: JP Massey, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 SO

Greensboro moved to 35-28 on the season with an 11-2 victory. JP Massey made his High-A debut and it was a solid start. He allowed seven runners over five shutout innings, with four strikeouts. He needed 88 pitches, with 51 going for strikes. He now has a 2.98 ERA over 54.1 innings this year.

Mitchell Miller allowed two runs in the seventh, both scoring with Santiago Florez on the mound. Yunior Thibo and Eddy Yean each tossed a scoreless inning.

Mike Jarvis, Jase Bowen and Maikol Escotto each drove in three runs. Bowen hit his 13th homer. Escotto hit his fifth homer. Jarvis had a single and a triple, while stealing his 14th base.


Final Score: Canceled
Player of the Game: Mother Nature

Bradenton and Lakeland got rained out on Wednesday. The first half of the Florida State League season wraps up on Thursday with an 11 AM game. The two sides will not make up today’s game due to the fact that the division race has already been decided, so the game has been wiped off of the schedule. 

Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

Having followed the Pirates fanatically since 1965, Wilbur Miller is one of the fast-dwindling number of fans who’ve actually seen good Pirate teams. He’s even seen Hall-of-Fame Pirates who didn’t get traded mid-career, if you can imagine such a thing. His first in-person game was a 5-4, 11-inning win at Forbes Field over Milwaukee (no, not that one). He’s been writing about the Pirates at various locations online for over 20 years. It has its frustrations, but it’s certainly more cathartic than writing legal stuff. Wilbur is retired and now lives in Bradenton with his wife and three temperamental cats.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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