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Pirates 3, Rockies 2 (11 innings): Brett Anderson and Carlos Gonzalez play well, no one else follows suit

Bad fundamental baseball offensively and another subpar performance from the bullpen wasted Brett Anderson's best start in a Rockies uniform.

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Let's start with the positive from this game, a 3-2 loss in extra innings to the Pirates, Brett Anderson was excellent on the mound today. The Rockies lefty pitched seven innings, allowing a run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight. The Rockies even let him throw 110 pitches, 70 of which were for strikes.

Offensively, Carlos Gonzalez hit his first home run since May 30, a two-run shot in the seventh that, at the time, gave the Rockies a 2-1 lead. However, those would be the Rockies' only two runs thanks to some bad baseball by the Rockies offensively.

The Rockies had runners caught stealing in both the fifth and sixth on two totally unnecessary steal attempts, it looked like Corey Dickerson was clearly safe on his steal attempt in the fifth but for some reason Walt Weiss didn't challenge the play for some unknown reason. Also, Charlie Culberson was doubled off third on Charlie Blackmon's line out because he took off toward home instead of freezing on a line drive like baseball players are taught to do since they're eight years old.

Then there was the bullpen. With one out in the eighth, Adam Ottavino entered the game and promptly walked Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen before giving up an infield single to Russell Martin to load the bases and being pulled. Entering the game with no margin for error, Tommy Kahnle gave up a single to Neil Walker that tied the game and would have given the Pirates the lead if not for Gonzalez's excellent throw to cut down McCutchen at the plate. Kahnle then got out of the inning with no further damage.

Neither team scored in the ninth or 10th, but the Rockies were forced to bring in Chad Bettis in the 11th, and he promptly gave up a leadoff single, sacrifice bunt and intentional walk before Jordy Mercer's double ended the game.

If the walk-off loss wasn't enough, Troy Tulowitzki left the game in the fourth with a hip injury. He is currently considered day-to-day.

The Rockies will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow at 11:05 a.m. Mountain time.

Source: FanGraphs

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