The Pittsburgh Pirates earned a split against the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating them 6-4.

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FINAL: Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 4

W –  Tony Watson (2-0, 1.72 ERA); L –  Tom Wilhelmsen (0-1, 3.71 ERA)

Takeaways

  • The Pirates unleashed the lumber in the third inning with home runs by Andrew McCutchen (solo; his sixth) and Josh Bell (2 run; his seventh) to reclaim the lead.  They have now scored at least four runs in each of the last two games. Hopefully this means the offense is starting to turn around.
  • An excellent job of getting out of the sixth inning from Nova. With the bases loaded and only one out he was able to coax a 5-5-3 double play from A.J. Pollock.
  • There was some solid defense by the Pirates with some good, if not great plays. Specifically the pick by Josh Harrison to start the double play in the sixth inning.
  • José Osuna hit an absolute bomb of a home run in the tenth inning. His 451 foot blast was, if memory serves, one foot longer than Paul Goldschmidt’s home run in the fifth inning.

Throwaways

  • The Pirates missed a huge opportunity in the first inning. They got the first three men on base but only settled for one run on a double play ball hit by Gregory Polanco. It is missed opportunities like these that can hurt the team.
  • Ivan Nova had a 30 pitch bottom of the first inning giving up a two run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. Although the start was considered a quality start is was not what Pirate fans have become accustomed to seeing.
  • Daniel Hudson didn’t have a good outing giving up 3 walks and one run in the 2/3 of an inning he pitched. His first season as a Pirate is not going as he expected.

Line Of the Night

Adam Frazier 5 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB

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The Pittsburgh Pirates return home for a brief three-game slate against the National League East powerhouse Washington Nationals. As of this time, the Nationals have not announced their starters. The Pirates will toss three right-handers at the powerful Nats lineup in Chad Kuhl, Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow.

Aaron Benedict

Aaron Benedict is a Pittsburgh Ex-Pat now living in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter. His first Pirate game was in 1977 at Three Rivers Stadium against the Houston Astros. When he is not blogging about the Pirates or on his own site, he enjoys reading almost anything.
  • leadoff

    The tightened up middle infield made a huge difference in this game.