PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 08: Derek Shelton #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates argues a call in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers during inter-league play at PNC Park on June 8, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Pittsburgh Pirates took two tough losses against the Detroit Tigers. Although it was only a two-game series, the two losses really took the wind out of the sails after sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers and then taking two-of-three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, the two losses perfectly encapsulate what is currently wrong with the Pirates.
Overall, the Pirate pitching was good enough to win these two games. The bullpen allowed just 3 earned runs in 8.2 innings. Mitch Keller had a phenomenal start, going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits, a single earned run, and striking out 7. Of the 8 total earned runs surrendered, José Quintana was responsible for half of them. He had his worst start of the year, contributing to the loss on Tuesday.
But the offense seemed not to wake up. The Pittsburgh Pirates had just 10 hits and 4 runs scored. Time and time again this season we’ve seen the Pirates lose close, low-scoring games because the offense doesn’t show up. Look at the current roster, and you’ll see what I mean.