The fans keep coming and that is a very good thing. Unfortunately that is about all that is going well right now. The pitching is faltering. The offense continues to be in the running for the National League’s most anemic. Kevin Correia and the bullpen were hit for seven runs. The offense managed just three and none through the first seven innings. San Diego swept and the losing streak has reached ten games.
Correia was reached early. Orlando Hudson singled to start the second inning. Kyle Blanks (is he Dave Winfield or are Pirate hitters making it look easy on him?) doubled him to third. Logan Forsythe grounded out, bringing Hudson in.
Correia had retired nine in a row when disaster struck with two outs in the sixth. Jesus Guzman singled with two outs. Correia walked Hudson and Blanks to load the bases. Forsythe bounced one through the box and into centerfield to score two runs. Correia was lifted. Daniel McCutchen entered. He gave a free pass to Luis Martinez to bring Latos to the plate. But, McCutchen uncorked a wild pitch, bringing in Blanks, before retiring Latos. After the dust setlled, it was 4-0 Friars.
Brad Lincoln – fresh up from the minors – gave up a lead off single to Will Venable in the seventh. He stole second and scored on Jason Bartlett’s single. San Diego got two more in the eighth against Lincoln. Blanks doubled and Forsythe was plunked. With two outs Venable doubled them both home to make it 7-0.
Pittsburgh finally got on the board in the bottom of the eight. Latos had allowed just two singles through seven before Ryan Doumit and Pedro Alvarez both singles. That prompted a pitching change to Chad Qualls. Brandon Wood homered off him to make it 7-3.
Latos allowed four singles and a walk in seven plus innings. He struck out seven and was charged with two runs. Correia went 5-2/3 innings. He gave up four runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Xavier Paul and Wood both had two hits.
Losing ten straight.
Bucs fell into fourth place, a half game behind Cincinnati who won in Wrigley today.
Correia is now 3-2 against San Diego. Latos is 2-0 against Pittsburgh.
I haven’t heard or read otherwise, so my assumption is that Andrew McCutchen not being in the starting lineup (he pinch hit) is simply to give him some rest.
Bucs have not won ten in a row since 6/26/04 to 7/5/04. Only three times during the futily streak of losing seasons has Pittsburgh run off eight or more straight wins. The last double digit losing streak was 6/6/10 to 6/18/10. This was the 13th losing streak of eight or more games during the losing season streak. Pittsburgh has had at least one streak of eight straight losses in every season since 2006.
Prior to this three game set in which they scored 35 times, San Diego’s previous 2011 best over three games came May 14, May 15 and May 16 when they scored 25 runs with two games in Colorado and one in Arizona.