The Pirates yet again failed at a chance for their first series sweep of the year, losing to the White Sox, 4-3. They split the two-game series and Chicago broke a five-game losing streak.
Chase De Jong had some good stretches and fanned six in four and two-thirds innings. He also got hit hard, though, and it tended to come in stretches. A home run by Leury Garcia and a pair of doubles cost him two runs in the second. The Pirates tied the score, but De Jong couldn’t finish the fifth. He had one on with two out, but gave up a single, then a two-run double to Yasmani Grandal. The very sub-Mendoza Grandal drove in five of the Sox’ seven runs in the series.
The Pirates had tied the score in the bottom of the third after Sox’ starter Dylan Cease threw away De Jong’s bunt attempt. That put runners at second and third; one scored on a grounder by Adam Frazier and the other on a single by Ke’Bryan Hayes.
Through six, the Pirates couldn’t get anywhere else with Cease, but they again rallied against the Chicago bullpen. Frazier doubled with one out in the seventh and Hayes singled him home. Bryan Reynolds followed with a single, but Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco stranded the runners.
In a flashback to earlier in the season, the Pirates’ bullpen did their job. Chasen Shreve, Duane Underwood, Jr., Chris Stratton and Clay Holmes combined for four and a third scoreless innings. The Pirates, though, failed to get a baserunner in the eighth or ninth.
The top three hitters in the order — Frazier, Hayes and Reynolds — totaled six hits and a walk, but scored only one run. Since returning from injury, Moran is 6-for-32 with one double and two RBIs.