Phillies can’t get offense going in loss vs. Bucs

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It was one of the only mistakes Nola made on the day. Nola finished the game with five strikeouts while only allowing four hits and issuing two walks in seven innings. But the Pirates didn’t have to generate much offense with right-hander Chad Kuhl delivering one of his best performances of the season. Kuhl surrendered one hit, struck out five batters and issued two walks in five innings. The Pirates’ bullpen picked up where Kuhl left off, helping the Bucs take the three-game series and win for the sixth time in their last eight games.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Great Escape: After cruising through four innings, Kuhl finally encountered some trouble in the fifth. A Maikel Franco double and a walk placed runners on first and second with one out and prompted a visit to the mound from Pirates’ pitching coach Ray Searage. Kuhl, however, navigated out of the jam by striking out the next two hitters.

Left Stranded: The Phillies threatened to score again in the eighth. After Pirates reliever Felipe Rivero recorded two straight outs, a fiedling error by Rivero and a single by shortstop Freddy Galvis placed runners on first and second. Rivero, however, rebounded by striking out Aaron Altherr to end the threat.

Jonathan Toye is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Pirates on Sunday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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