Bullpen Game Turns Ugly for Pirates; Might Not Get Redemption Anytime Soon

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With a short-handed starting rotation, the Pittsburgh Pirates once again went with a bullpen game on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Pirates have had success using bullpen games as they navigate several injuries to the starting rotation. Last Friday, the Pirates defeated the Rockies in Colorado 5-2 thanks in part to five strong innings from Luis Ortiz after Carmen Mlodzinski opened the game on the mound.

On June 8 at PNC Park, the Pirates blanked the Minnesota Twins 4-0. Ortiz again did the heavy lifting in relief of Mlodzinski.

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