Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/22/12

You can add a series loss to the lowly Astros on to the list of miserable things that have happened to the Pirates lately, as a 4-1 victory improved Houston’s record to 50-102. Yep.

Kevin Correia pitched very well, for the most part. He allowed a run in the first inning, then dominated through the sixth. Correia racked up nine K’s – tying his career high – and went into the seventh inning on a roll. His overall ERA had even dipped below 4. Then it all went wrong, as a single, error, and a three-run homer gave the Astros the lead and knocked him out of the game.

The more significant problem was the Pirates’ offense, which sputtered against an awful pitching staff for the second night in a row. Gaby Sanchez hit a towering homer in the second inning to tie the game….and after that, nobody did anything else. The Bucs had four hits. Dallas Keuchel – who they knocked around twice earlier in the year – went seven innings.

What else is there to say at this point? This is beyond terrible. The Pirates now need to go 8-3 to reach 82 wins (7-4 for 81), and that seems almost impossible right now.

Astros 4, Pirates 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 74-77 / Next: Sunday, at Astros, 2:05

MVP: Sanchez (+.030) / LVP: Correia (-.148) / Key play: Castro’s HR

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