The Pirates failed to sweep a series at home for the fifth time in as many chances this season and fell to the Astros 8-2 in front of over 18,000 at PNC Park. Charlie Morton was flawless through five inning but hit a speed b ump in the sixth that the offense could not overcome.
After Andrew McCutchen drove home a run in the first inning the Pirates offense went stagnant and really couldn’t mound much of anything off of Astros starter Bud Norris.
The Astros were shut down for all of five innings by Morton who looked like he could cruise through seven or eight innings. All hell broke loose in the sixth inning. The inning started off with Michael Bourne reached on an error from shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and then the Astros sent nine more batters to the plate and scored five runs, all they would need.
The Pirates added a lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning before Houston scored three more in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
-These types of games happen. Coming in the Pirates had already taken the series and were looking for the sweep. You can’t be upset that they didn’t sweep, even though it would have been ideal. Bob Walk put it perfectly to end the broadcast when he said that during a season you are going to lose a third of your games, you are going to win a third of your games and the other third will determine what kind of team you are. Well, winning series’ every time means you are a pretty good team.
Not much else to say, just one of those games. The Pirates now get a day off before the last three games before the All-Star break against the Cubs.