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Clint Hurdle tries to explain how the Pirates allowed a 3-run single

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The Phillies' J.P. Crawford slides past Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli to score from first on a single in the bottom of the second inning at Citizens Bank Park on April 19, 2018.

How do three runs score on a single to mid-center field with no errors involved?

Because the Phillies made that happen against the Pirates last night in a 7-0 trouncing .

OK, so maybe Starling Marte and Adam Frazier could’ve been a little quicker getting rid of the baseball. But the Phillies haven’t pulled that off in 40 years.

The play was also set up by a previous miscue on a bunt. Here was the explanation from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

“We made a bad read at third base because the ball was bunted hard, that’s a play for Colin to make,” Hurdle said. “The anticipation that you like to have in the middle, you have a flier at first base, it’s a 3-2 count, he’s running. If it’s a single or ball placed to the outfield where the outfielder has to go 25-30 feet one way or the other, there’s a potential play at the plate. I thought our reaction time was delayed there.”

On top of that, Jake Arrieta was Jake Arrieta again. And Jameson Taillon wasn’t Jameson Taillon.

Taillon has been really good to start 2018 .

Then on Thursday night, he went out and got cow kicked. Taillon allowed five runs and couldn’t finish the second inning.

An even worse pill to swallow is that Arrieta was nearly unhittable. The Pirates have busted him up over the last few years, as we outlined yesterday .

However, this looked like the Arrieta we had come to know and loathe in 2015. He pitched seven innings of one hit baseball against the Pirates and he totaled ten strikeouts along the way.

You can watch his seven-inning, one-hit mastery below.

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