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Pittsburgh Pirates 9, Colorado Rockies 4: Rockies fall to Pirates again

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Home runs from Trevor Story and Ian Desmond were not enough as the Rockies lost their fourth straight.

The Colorado Rockies dropped their fourth straight game with a 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. Ian Desmond was the offensive star for the Rockies, going 3-for-4, coming up a triple shy of the cycle, and scoring a pair of runs. Trevor Story also doubled and homered in the loss.

Story’s Prologue

Trevor Story got the Rockies offense started on the right foot, hitting a leadoff home run against Pirates starter Dario Agrazal:

It was the first leadoff home run of Story’s career and his 29th homer this season. He became the first Rockie other than Charlie Blackmon to hit a leadoff homer since DJ LeMahieu did so on June 17, 2018 against the Rangers.

Senzatela struggles

It was another rough outing from a member of the Rockies patchwork pitching staff as Antonio Senzatela allowed six runs, all earned, on 10 hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. Senzatela threw 97 pitches in his five innings of work, 67 of them for strikes as his ERA climbed to 6.95 on the season. Among starting pitchers with 90 innings pitched this season, Senzatela ranks last in the big leagues with a 6.5% swinging strike rate (credit to The Athletic’s Nick Groke for unearthing that stat.)

Looking ahead

The Rockies will look to snap their losing streak tomorrow in the third of four against the Pirates. Tim Melville makes his third start of the season against Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.