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Noah Syndergaard has a one-hitter through six but is losing 2-0

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I made a poor choice today. With two day games on, I picked the Royals-Tigers game over the Nationals-Mets game. Yes, I know the Mets and Nats are both better teams than either the Royals or Tigers, but I’ve watched both of those teams 2-3 times this past week and I wanted a change.

Bonus: the Royals and Tigers inspired me. Their matchup made me imagine a book proposal in which the author would follow the Tigers, Royals and White Sox this year as they “fight” for third place, but cover the “race” in the same tenor and tone as a real pennant race. I don’t have time to do that, but I feel like it would make for a good story. Three or four innings in and I realized that the flaw to that ideas is that you’d, you know, have to watch a ton of Tigers, Royals and White Sox games and that’s not something anyone could do easily. I’d need a big, big advance to take on that project.

Anyway, I looked up at the Mets-Nats scoreboard and saw that Noah Syndergaard had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. So I quickly switched over and as soon as I did . . . Victor Robles hit a solo shot to left field for a homer. The no-hitter was over. It was only then that I realized — and I’m not sure how I missed it — Syndergaard didn’t even have a shutout going before the Robles homer. He surrendered a run in the second by walking two guys, uncorking a wild pitch and then giving up a sac fly.

So it’s now 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth. Syndergaard has give up only one hit on 98 pitches and . . . stands to be the loser.

Oh, and his opponent, Stephen Strasburg, has a one-hitter going through six and hasn’t allowed a run. That’s a bit more normal, yes?

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.