Bucs Sweep Phils In Weekend Series

Peter Diana/Post-Gazette

The Phillies scored three runs in 33 innings this weekend as they were swept by the Pirates this weekend in Pittsburgh.  All three of those runs also came in the same game; the only game to go the regulation nine innings.  Sunday’s loss was the team’s sixth straight loss.

The lack of offense started off in full swing on Friday as Philadelphia lost 1-0 in 13 innings. The game was first delayed by one hour and 26 minutes due to rain. Once the game was underway it was dominated by pitching.  Kevin Correia made his Phillies debut with a solid 5.2 inning performance while not allowing a run.  This outing was matched by Pirates starter Jeff Locke as he went six innings of shut out baseball.  Both bullpens pitched brilliantly.  While there was a total of 24 hits between both clubs, both teams successful got out of jams pushing the game to 13 innings.  Phillies reliever Dustin McGowan received the loss as he gave up a two-out single to Starling Marte to score Chris Stewart for the win.  Former Phil Antonio Bastardo received the win for the Bucs.

More notably in this game was the dugout blow up between reliever Ken Giles and manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure.  The heated argument was over Giles being told to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez after recording a throwing error to the previous batter in the frame.  Both Giles and Sandberg said the incident is behind them.

On Saturday it took the Phillies three batters to do what they couldn’t do in 13 innings the night before: score a run.  While the Phils jumped to a quick 1-0 lead, the Pirates came right back to score two runs in the bottom of the inning.  The Bucs scored two more runs in the second inning and that would be all of the run support they would need.  Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan was on the losing end of the game as he was out-pitched by Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.  While the Phillies were able to tack on an extra run in the eighth inning, they fell to the Pirates, 4-3.

Sunday’s tale was very similar to Friday’s story.  The game was dominated by pitching as Phillies ace Cole Hamels took the mound against another former Phillie, A.J. Burnett.  Hamels went seven innings without allowing a run and striking out 12, but Burnett was stretched to a ‘complete game’ of nine innings before leaving the game, 0-0.   With the Phillies bullpen depleted due to it’s second extra inning game in three days, the club brought in closer Jonathan Papelbon in a non-save situation.  He was stretched to 1.2 innings pitched before giving up the losing run to Josh Harrison as Neil Walker scored on the two-out single.

The Phillies head to Baltimore for a two-game series against the Orioles as they hope to not extend their losing streak to seven games.  First pitch of the series is tomorrow at 7:05 PM.

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