A change in the dugout hasn’t changed anything for the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates.
After dropping their first two games since manager Lloyd McClendon was fired, the Pirates hope to salvage the finale of a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Pirates have dropped two straight under interim manager Pete Mackanin, the team’s former bench coach who took over when McClendon was fired early Tuesday.
Losers of 10 straight at PNC Park, the Pirates are trying to avoid their third straight sweep on their own field.
The Pirates have lost a season-high six straight overall, and 11 of 12, including Wednesday’s 4-2 defeat.
The Pirates, who went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 loss Tuesday, were 0-for-9 on Wednesday.
Since being 30-30 on June 11, the Pirates have lost 53 of 78 games.
Arizona lost five straight before taking the first two games of this series.
In Wednesday’s win, Brandon Webb pitched out of trouble in the fifth and seventh innings and allowed two runs over seven innings.
“If we get deep into games, we feel very good about what we can bring in from the bullpen,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
“When you get pitching that’s strong through six, or with Webb tonight it was seven, … that’s important for every team