The Pittsburgh Pirates lose the first of a three game series to cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Phillies in a 7-2 Friday-night snoozer.

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FINAL: Philadelphia Phillies 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 2

W –  Jeremy Hellickson (5-1)  L –  Trevor Williams (2-3)  


  • In Spring Training, Trevor Williams battled Tyler Glasnow for that last roster spot and lost. When Jameson Taillon went on the DL for testicular cancer, Williams, working for the bullpen, was added to the starting rotation. He had a difficult start in LA but bounced back since. He was efficient, with a 9-pitch first inning and a 12-pitch fifth inning, and delivered five solid innings before giving up two runs in the the sixth to outfielder Aaron Altherr and first baseman Tommy Joseph respectively that gave the Phillies a one-run lead. He threw 93 pitches, 68 for strikes in 5.2 innings.
  • The team effort on the pick off of centerfielder Odubel Herrera in the 6th inning. Sure, it was a basic baseball play, but sometimes, simple is perfect. #Teamwork #BeautifulBaseball


Line of the Night

Josh Bell was a bright spot in an otherwise quiet night – in 4 at-bats he scored 1 run, had 2 hits and 1 RBI.

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The Pennsylvania rivalry continues at 4:05 p.m. tomorrow at PNC Park when Pirates pitcher Ivan Nova (3-3) takes on Phillies’ Vince Velasquez (3-2).


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Joy Frank-Collins

Joy Frank-Collins is a Communications professional who got her start writing as a journalist at a daily newspaper in southeastern Ohio. She was born in Reds country, but "found" baseball watching the 1986 Mets win the World Series. She lives in Marietta, Ohio, with her family, who all share her passion for Pirates baseball. She loves the suicide squeeze, a crisp 6-4-3 double play and catchers (especially Russell Martin). When not obsessing over baseball, Joy likes to work out, travel and drink wine. Check her out on Instagram @JoyFC