When the Arizona Diamondbacks headed to Pittsburgh, they were looking for their third straight series win; instead the Pirates swept them in the three game series. The Diamondbacks bats often fell silent in this series, while the Pittsburgh offense put on a show.
Game One: Shelby Miller struggled yet again on the mound giving up eight hits and six runs, while Pirates out hit the D-Backs 18-6. The 12-1 rout by Pittsburgh was led by Gregory Polanco’s career high five RBIs and four, three-run innings. The Pirates continued where they left off last season, hitting Segura in the 7th and Ahmed in the 8th. Both were hit in the head and both left the game.
Game Two: An early 3-0 lead was not enough as Rubby De La Rosa surrendered four runs in the 5th to give the Pirates the 5-4 win. David Freese gave the Pirates the lead on a two-run home run. Arizona tried to come back in the ninth, when Chris Owings doubled with two outs but a Yasmany Tomas fly ball ended the game.
Game Three: Another early lead by the D-Backs was squandered as the Pirates’ bats come alive late, completing the series sweep with an 8-3 victory. Paul Goldschmidt had two of Arizona’s three runs, driving in two in the six off a single. Patrick Corbin went 5.2 innings allowing five runs and Andrew Chafin struggled to hold the 5-3 score, allowing three runs in one inning of work.
The Diamondbacks fall to 21-28, nine games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Though they were swept, Arizona still holds a 14-11 record away from Chase Field.
The team will return home Friday as they host the San Diego Padres for a three game, weekend series.