Pirates

Curse? No, just more bad baseball in Wisconsin

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Scooter Gennett chases down Starling Marté in a fourth-inning rundown. - GETTY

MILWAUKEE -- Some strange things have happened to the Pirates here at Miller Park, no doubt. But it's nothing that playing actual good baseball wouldn't fix.

In losing, 5-3, to the Brewers on Saturday evening, the Pirates ran into three outs on the bases that could've been avoided, allowed a pair of two-strike RBI hits and let one very mediocre starting pitcher off the hook.

That adds up to the Pirates' eighth consecutive defeat in this building -- yes, it's a building because it has a roof -- and a third loss in four games. They're now below .500 (6-7) since the All-Star break and, as Neal Huntington put it when justifying the Mark Melancon trade Saturday afternoon, "wins and losses are in the bank."

If that's the case, the Pirates (52-50) made a deposit in the wrong account. That process started in the first, when Hernán Pérez perpetrated his latest offense against Jameson Taillon, cracking a two-run homer to left to put the going-nowhere Brewers in front.