The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen allowed another victory to escape in a 9-5 loss last night in Arizona. Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove allowed two earned runs over six innings before exiting after one batter in the seventh. Three Pirate relievers allowed six earned runs over the next two innings. (Musgrove allowed five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six.)
Jordy Mercer, Starling Marte and Elias Diaz had two hits each for the Bucs. The two teams meet again tonight in Arizona. First pitch is 9:40pm. Pre-game on WISR 680am will be 9:15pm. Trevor Williams goes to the mound for the Pirates. Clay Bucholz for the Diamondbacks.
The Chicago Cubs have taken over first place in the National League Central Division following a 7-2 victory over Milwaukee last night. The Cubs lead the Brewers by a 1/2-game. The Pirates, at 32-34, have fallen 7-1/2 back.
The first 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot update was released today and Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli sits in fourth place among National League catchers while teammate Corey Dickerson is also in the running for National League outfielders. Fans can vote up to 5 times every 24 hours, for up to a total of 35 total ballots at MLB.com. The All-Star game will be played in Washington July 17th.