Pirates 3, Phillies 0
Game 82 - Tuesday Afternoon, July 4th in Philadelphia
Record - 28-54, 5th place, 21 games behind the Nationals
Overdue and Unnecessary Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 8
One Sentence Summary: Jameson Taillon and four Pirates relievers confused the Phillies offense in this 3-0 Independence Day loss.
What It Means: This loss was the start of what is now a five-game losing streak.
What Happened: Mark Leiter, Jr. had a decent outing, allowing two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings. The offense produced six hits and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card: Let's go with something positive. Second baseman Scott Kingery was recently promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where on this day he went 4 for 5, raising his average to .361. As of this writing, the 23-year-old top prospect is hitting .306 with four home runs in AAA, and he has 22 home runs overall this season. He'll play in the Futures Game on Sunday afternoon along with fellow Phillies top prospect Rhys Hoskins.