The speed of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ fall is unusual.
Pittsburgh lost 1-10 in a home game against the Toronto Blue Jays held at PNC Park on the 8th (Korean time).
Pittsburgh, which gave up seven games after losing 2-7 to the Washington Nationals on the 1st, marked 20-15. The win rate, which had been in the 70% range, fell to 0.571. Although they kept first place in the central division of the National League, they are in a situation where they cannot be relieved.
It’s the first time Pittsburgh has lost seven in a row since an eight-game losing streak from September 16-24 last year.
On the other hand, Toronto swept 3 consecutive matches this time, recording 21 wins and 14 losses, firmly maintaining third place in the Eastern Division of the American League. The district’s leading Tampa Bay Rays also defeated the New York Yankees on the same day, leaving the two teams with seven games left.
Pittsburgh starter Roanne Cottreras allowed 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings, giving up 5 runs and taking the loss. Season 3-3, ERA 4.74.
Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi pitched 6⅓ innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts and no runs, and won 5 consecutive wins for the season. His earned run average was lowered to 3.35, showing his best season start since entering the major leagues.
Kikuchi, who threw 93 pitches, mixed four types of pitches, including fastball, slider, changeup, and curveball, and cooked the Pittsburgh batting line with stable control. His four-seam fastball speed was the highest at 96.6 miles and averaged at 95.0 miles.
Toronto scored first in the first inning. Whit Merrifield hit an infield hit by second baseman to bring Vichet home from a chance to hit the bases loaded with a right-hander hit by Bo Vichet after the first, a double from the right by Dolton Basho, and a walk by Brandon Belt after the second.
In the third inning, Merrifield’s 3-run home run made it 4-0. After one death, Matt Chapman hit left and Belt hit the middle, creating opportunities for first and second base. Then, Merrifield pulled Contreras’ 5th pitch in the middle of the 76th mile straight and went over the left wall. It’s the first home run of the season.
Toronto added one run in the 5th inning with one out and 1st and 3rd baseman Danny Jensen’s ground ball to the third baseman, and in the top of the ninth, Basho’s two-run four and Kevin Kiermeier’s two-run four added 5 points, putting a wedge in the game.
Pittsburgh made up only one point in the bottom of the 8th inning with Conor Joe’s double and Carlos Santana’s left-handed hit.안전놀이터
Bae Ji-hwan, who replaced second baseman in the beginning of the 8th inning, struck out a swing and miss in the bottom of the 7th inning as a shortstop grounder in the first at-bat with one out and 2nd baseman in the bottom of the 7th inning and as the lead batter in the bottom of the 9th inning. In the ninth inning, he had a full-time battle with Toronto fastball pitcher Nate Pearson, and in the 6th pitch, he missed the bat with a high 98 mph fastball. His season batting average fell to 0.239 (22 hits in 92 at-bats).