Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call- Long ball power Bucs to series win

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.

It’s early April so it’s hard to classify a series win as big, but that’s exactly what happened Thursday afternoon as the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1, taking the three-game series.

It was a big early season test for the Pirates and they passed in a big way to improve to 9-3 on the young season.

Gregory Polanco continued his torrid start, homering twice, with Adam Frazier and Francisco Cervelli also homering on the afternoon as all six of the Pirates runs came via the home run.

Trevor Williams started and was very good once again.

Williams outpitched Chicago’s Kyle Hendricks to improve to 3-0 on the season, becoming the first National League pitcher to three wins.

He went six innings allowing just four hits, striking out five while walking only one. The only damage to Williams was a solo homer off the bat of Kyle Schwarber.

The Pirates will look to remain hot tonight when they travel to Miami for a three-game set against the Marlins.

Chad Kuhl (1-0, 5.06 ERA) will get the ball for the Bucs. He will be opposed by Dillon Peters (1-1, 9.35). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST.

Reynolds to have surgery

Pirates outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds will have surgery on Friday to remove the fractured hook of the hamate bone in his left hand.

It’s a common injury and similar to the one Cervelli suffered from most recently in 2016.

The timetable for recovery is usually 6-8 weeks.

Reynolds, the Pirates No. 6 prospect, was acquired along with Kyle Crick from the San Francisco Giants in the Andrew McCutchen trade.

He was placed on the disabled list and outfielder Jason Martin, who was acquired from Houston in the Gerrit Cole trade, was activated.


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Matt Shetler

Matt is a life long Pirates fan with both a newspaper and radio background. Before coming to Pirates Breakdown he was most recently the co-owner and lead columnist for Pittsburgh Sporting News. He has been a credentialed writer for all four major sports and also has written for plenty of other sports and fantasy sports websites.