Pittsburgh Pirates: Offense Squanders Strong Outing By Wil Crowe Against Giants
The Pittsburgh Pirates opened up their four-game, weekend series against the San Francisco Giants with a 3-1 loss.
Pittsburgh got a strong start from Wil Crowe, but a tough fifth inning in which all three runs were scored were too much for the Pirates to overcome.
Will Craig, the Pirates first round pick in 2016 who was called up Thursday after Phillip Evans landed on the injured list, hit his first career home run, but the offense was quiet for the rest of the night.
The Pirates only managed five hits on the night, most of which came later in the game when the result seemed mostly in hand. Craig's home run allowed the tying run to come to the plate on multiple occasions late in the game, but Pittsburgh was unable to capitalize.
Anthony DeSclafani pitched five innings of one hit, one walk baseball before being pinch hit for in the top of the sixth inning. The move didn't come back to cost the Giants, as the bullpen was able to finish off the final four inning to secure the victory.
Wil Crowe's Strong Outing
Acquired in the Josh Bell trade, Crowe was tabbed with the loss in the game but he was without a doubt the best player for the Pirates Thursday night.
In five innings pitched, the righty allowed six hits and three runs while striking out five batters and walking one. Crowe pitched a shutout the first four innings of the game until Steven Duggar hit a home run. From that point forward things fell apart for the Pirates.
A throwing error by Jacob Stallings on a pickoff throw to third that ended up in the outfield allowed the second run to score and another runner to advance to second. A triple by Mike Yastrezemski plated the third run of the game, putting the game out of reach for the Pirates.
The 26 year old Crowe threw 94 pitches across his five innings of work, 62 of which went for strikes. While struggling with his control at the beginning of the season, he has just one walk in each of his last two starts.
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