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Pirates drop seventh straight

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The Pirates were shutout for the second consecutive night Monday, wasting a strong pitching outing in a 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

THE BIG STORY

Sept. 19 is national “Talk like a Pirate” day. Jordy Mercer bought everyone on the team a bottle of Captain Morgan rum to celebrate.

As for other positives from Tuesday: there were a lot of dogs in the ballpark for “Pup night,” the guy in the “Know the Burgh” trivia contest won some Little Debbies, and John Jaso changed his walk-up music to “Have a cigar” by Pink Floyd.

So there is a nice, wholesome angle on a team in free fall. As for the game itself...

HOW THEY SCORED

The only run of the game came on a fourth inning home run by Domingo Santana. According to Statcast, the ball traveled an estimated 338 feet and landed in the front run down the left field line.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED

The Pirates had runners on the corners with nobody out and the heart of the lineup against a tiring Chase Anderson in the sixth. They could not cash in, with Andrew McCutchen striking out, Josh Bell lifting a fly ball to center that was not deep enough and Gregory Polanco popping out to end the inning.

TOE THE RUBBER

Trevor Williams went five innings of one run ball, allowing three hits and walking two while striking out five. He threw 11 first pitch strikes to the 20 batters he faced, had five three ball counts and retired five on three pitches or less.

“We were going to attack the bottom of the zone. We did a great job doing that,” WIlliams said.

Williams was relieved by Dovydas Neverauskas for an inning and a third, Daniel Hudson for two third of an inning, Edgar Santana and George Kontos. Neverauskas walked two, struck out a batter and gave up a hit. Hudson struck out one, and Santana worked around a hit by getting a double-play. Kontos survived a leadoff hit and walk to post a zero.

Anderson improves to 11-3 after going six innings of five hit ball, striking out eight. Corey Knebel picked up his 37th save with a perfect ninth inning.

I SPY

Williams did not have a three ball count in the 11 at-bats he started with strike one. Six of the nine at-bats he started 1-0 went to a three ball count.

LINE OF THE NIGHT

Corey Knebel: 1 IP, Save, 2 K, 10 pitches, 10 strikes.

HE SAID IT

"I don’t like losing. There’s not a man in there that likes losing, and we’ve done more than our fair share of it for a while now.”- Clint Hurdle on the losing streak. The seven game streak is the longest of the season. They have also lost 12 of their last 13.

ON DECK

Steven Brault (1-0, 4.38) was the last Pirate to win a game, beating the Brewers on Sept. 11. He will try to make it two in a row Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.. The Brewers will trot out Aaron Wilkerson (0-0, 0.00) for his first major league start.

NUMB3RS

1. The Pirates have not lead at the end of their last 66 innings played. They have scored in one of their last 27 innings.

2. Felipe Rivero has not pitched in a save situation since Sept. 5. He has pitched in two games since then.

3. Brett Phillips’ sixth inning throw home from center on Bell’s flyout was clocked by Statcast at 104.7 MPH. That’s the hardest throw home from any position player this year.

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