The Pirates won on Friday night by a final score of 2-1. The Rockies managed to outhit the Pirates twelve to eight, but they just ran into some tough luck when it mattered. The only run they scored came from a Nolan Arenado home run.
This is a tough loss for the Rockies as they played generally well, but couldn’t push across any runs and ran into some tough outs. The first two innings ended with line drive double plays by the Rockies that cut short rallies and from there they had a lot of other hard hit balls that were caught by Pirates fielders.
It goes as an undeserved loss who actually out-pitched Gerrit Cole based on game score. Butler went six strong, efficient innings as he gave up two runs (one earned) on only 76 pitches. Butler easily could’ve gone at least one more inning, but the Rockies elected to pinch hit for him in the seventh in hopes of creating some offense. It proved futile as pinch hitter Ryan Raburn couldn’t create any offense, but it didn’t hurt the Rockies in the end either as the bullpen kept Pittsburg down.
The Pirates looked like they would get to Butler early when they started the game with two hits, a single and a double. On the double by Andrew McCutchen, right fielder Carlos Gonzalez faked a catch and held Jon Jaso from scoring. Polanco then had an RBI groundout to score the first run of the game. Butler limited the damage however and got the next two batters to ground out and fly out to prevent any more runs from scoring.
After an Arenado home run that tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth, the Pirates were able to take advantage of an error by Butler. With a runner on first and one out, Butler tried to pick off Marte at first. The ball squeaked away from Mark Reynolds and Marte advanced to second. Butler got the next batter to strike out, but then allowed a single to David Freese that scored the game winning run.
The Rockies had twelve hits on the game, but all but one were singles and none produced a run. The Rockies only struck out once on the game which is a good sign against a pitcher like Cole, but it didn’t matter as the Rockies lost their eighth straight against the Pirates.
They will look to end that losing streak and their three game losing streak on Saturday with Tyler Chatwood on the mound. Chatwood sports the best road ERA in the game with a 0.33 ERA and he faces Jon Niese who has not pitched that well against the Rockies. It is a good game for the Rockies to get back on track and even the series.