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Phegley Drives In 8 As Pirates Fall to Athletics 14-1

Pirates Fall To 14-15 On The Season, Game Two Of This 3-Game Weekend Series Is Saturday Night At 7:05

May 04, 2019 - 12:10 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - It was a rough night and start to the homestand at PNC Park on Friday night for the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Oakland Athletics defeat the Pirates 14-1.

Pirates Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove retired the Athletics 1-2-3 in the Top of the 1st and the Pirates jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play when Adam Frazier came around to score after a leadoff walk.  But, it was all Athletics after that as they batted around in the 2nd inning and scored 5 runs. 

"These nights are going to happen throughout the course of the season," said Pirates SP Joe Musgrove. "But, this is a really important day. I can sit and dwell about this outing and over analyze it or I can pick out the things I did wrong, look at the few things I did right and move on."

The Athletics added 2 more in the 3rd, 4 in the 4th, 2 in the 7th and 1 in the 9th to cruise to a victory in Game 1 of this 3-game weekend series.

"We didn't make pitches," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "The one guy that came in Feliz, (and then) Liriano pitched really well, but one pitch he leaves out over the plate and Chapman bangs it into the seats. But the other guys, Rodriguez was behind in the count 4 out of 7 hitters. Unfortunately, Joe wasn't sharp at the end of the day, Kingham, one inning he was (sharp) and one inning he wasn't. We made too many mistakes over a team that can hit and they have hit and we didn't get the ball where we needed to tonight and they showed us they can hit."

Oakland was led at the plate by their Catcher Josh Phegley who went 4 for 5 with a Double, Home Run and 8 RBI.  The 8 Runs Batted In by Phegley were the most batted in against the Pirates by an opponent since 1977 when Ken Reitz of the St. Louis Cardinals achieved it.

"We missed spots all night, when you give up 14 runs and that many hits, give them credit they didn't miss balls that we left up in the zone," said Hurdle. "That (Matt) Chapman kid can hit a little bit too."

Pirates Outfielder Bryan Reynolds was able to extend his hit streak to begin his career to 10 games with a single in the 6th inning.

The Pirates will send Trevor Williams to the mound Saturday night for Game 2 of the series at PNC Park against Chris Bassitt and the Athletics at 7:05 pm.

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