Pittsburgh Pirates overthrown by Chicago Cubs in Number 100 loss
On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates were beaten by the Chicago Cubs 9-0, suffering their 100th loss of the 2021 season
Luckily for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 2021 MLB regular season is almost over. Throughout the season, the Pirates have been one of baseball’s worst teams, but their woes of 2021 are drawing to a close.
On Thursday night, those woes continued in a 9-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In abandoning the rubber game of the series, the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered only their fourth loss in a series dating back to August 20. The loss also gave the Pirates their 100th loss of the season, falling to 59-100 this season.
Miguel Yajure struggles
In the last offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jameson Taillon to the New York Yankees and acquired four players in the process. Two of the acquired players have gone on to become two of the organization’s best potential pitchers. One of those pitchers is Roansy Contreras who impressed on his MLB debut on Wednesday night. The other pitcher acquired under the agreement is his compatriot Miguel Yajure.
Yajure started for the Pirates on Thursday night in what will be his last appearance of the 2021 season. While the future likely remains bright for Yajure, things haven’t gone well for the young right-hander in the loss.
The opening pitch of the game saw Yajure give Rafael Ortega a home run to give the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. While Yajure then came out of the 1st inning, things took off in the 2nd inning as he allowed 6 runs, including another homerun. On the night, Yajure allowed 7 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, 2 home runs and only one strikeout in 2 innings pitched.
Yajure will end his first season in the Pirate organization with an ERA of 8.40, an FIP of 8.49 and a dismal 3.60 HR / 9 in 15 innings pitched. Despite its struggles this season, Yajure continues to be a rotating piece that the Pirates will look to build as they move forward. If he hadn’t suffered a Triple-A injury in June, there’s a good chance Yajure would have secured a spot in the Pirates’ rotation this summer, especially after two good starts with the Pirates in his two first MLB appearances this season.
Even with his struggles this season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Yajure as a member of the starting rotation on opening day 2022. He’s a young pitcher with a little extra stuff that is likely to find his way. pace in 2022.
The pirate offense is stopped
It was a long night at the Pirate offensive stage. The Cubs pitch limited the Pirates to just 6 hits and 8 total base runners. Although the Pirates didn’t have many scoring opportunities, they went 0-4 with runners in position to score in loss, leaving 4 men on goal.
The only pirate hitters to hit base more than once were Colin Moran, who walked 1 in 3 with a walk, and Kevin Newman, who walked 1 in 2 with a walk. . Michael Chavis, Bryan Reynolds and Jacob Stallings also picked up one. Wilmer Difo also landed a hit single. The Pirates didn’t get a single extra base hit in the loss.
No matter what a team’s pitching staff does, this type of offensive performance will not give you the chance to win a game.
Tanner Anderson recovers pitching staff from pirates
Before the game started, the Pirates purchased the contract for right-hander Tanner Anderson from Triple-A Indianapolis. Anderson returned to the Pirate organization earlier this summer after making his MLB debut with the Pirates in 2018.
With Derek Shelton and the Pirates in desperate need of innings, Anderson gave them just that. Anderson allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, no walks and one strikeout in 5 innings pitched. It’s a great outing for any long reliever, especially when his team were in desperate need of innings.
To be fair, Anderson was probably going to be left there to pitch 4-5 innings no matter how effective or inefficient he was. To his credit, he went over there, took the ball and gave the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 strong innings of relief.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off their final series of the season on Friday night. Wil Crowe (5.77 ERA, 5.91 FIP) is expected to start for the Pirates while the Cincinnati Reds plan to send right-hander Luis Castillo (4.05 ERA, 3.76 FIP) to the mound. PNC Park’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET.