Pittsburgh Pirates: Another Roundup From The Crow’s Nest

The Pittsburgh Pirates, with a pair of errors in the fifth inning and just two runs in the sixth, could not claim the sweep Sunday as the Milwaukee Brewers put together a 6-2 victory at PNC Park.

The highlight of Pittsburgh’s offense was rookie Jose Osuna. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound outfielder hit a 78-mph change-up from Milwaukee starter Zach Davies 408 feet for a home run over the left field wall that also scored Gregory Polanco. The 24-year-old prospect from Trujillo, Venezuela had a team-high five homers during spring training.

Polanco enjoyed a decent afternoon at the plate as the 6-foot-5, 235-pound outfielder reached base four times with two hits and two walks in front of a crowd of 25,108.

Tyler Glasnow struck out six and walked just two batters for the Pirates over 6.1 innings of work. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound right-hander scattered six hits in collecting his second loss of the season. Davies fanned seven and permitted just four hits in 5.2 innings for the Brew Crew.

Clint Hurdle’s squad sets sail this week on a seven-game road trip out west for three matchups with the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by a quartet of contests with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here is another look at the crew of the Jolly Roger from the Crow’s Nest.

BULLPEN WATCH: Marty Leap at Rum Bunter, part of FanSided, appreciates Wade LeBlanc‘s contributions in relief this season. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound left-hander owns two wins, and a save while striking out 14 in his 19.1 innings for the Bucs. The 32-year-old from Lake Charles, Louisiana also has a 2.33 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP.

ROSTER ADJUSTMENT: Adam Berry of reported Sunday 25-year-old right-hander Jameson Taillon went on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday due to groin discomfort. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound starter is 2-1 with 30 strikeouts, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 3.31 ERA over 35.1 innings.

Trevor Williams, a righty out of the bullpen, takes Taillon’s spot in the rotation Monday against the Dodgers. Pittsburgh called up right-hander Josh Lindblom from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.

MORE MOVES: Catcher Elias Diaz is maybe heading back to Indianapolis shortly. General manager Neal Huntington told Berry on the team’s website, “At some point, we’d like to go ahead and rebalance the position player group and get [Diaz] back out [to Triple-A] and playing regularly again.”

DOWN ON THE FARM: Second baseman Kevin Kramer leads the Double-A Altoona Curve with 34 hits in 88 at-bats. His bat is on fire with a .386 batting average to go along with a .491 OBP, and a .636 slugging percentage.

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