Garrett Jones' solo homer provided the only Pirates run. (Photo by: David Hague)
Brandon Cumpton suffocated the Phillies for five innings. Groundout after groundout prevented Philadelphia from having any players bat with a runner in scoring position. He got 13 of his first 15 outs on four pitches or fewer. Cumpton, once again, put the Pirates in a place to win.
But he could not finish what he started in the Tuesday night 3-1 loss that snapped a nine-game Pirates winning streak. In the 6th inning, a seeing-eye single then a bloop single were the precursors to three hard-hit balls and suddenly the Phillies were leading by three.
A three-run inning hurts, but it only kills if you can't scare up three runs yourself. The Pirates got two prime opportunities to thrill the baseball-focuse...
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