With the Pittsburgh Pirates on their way to missing the postseason for a third straight year, it can be difficult for even the biggest fans to watch games this late into the season. For those of you who tuned in tonight, you saw some great pitching by Pittsburgh for nine innings as they took game two of this three game series from the St. Louis Cardinals.
Trevor Williams earned the start tonight and worked six solid innings. During that time, he struck out eight batters, walked three and allowed three hits. Williams picked up his 11th win tonight and saw his ERA drop to 3.30. He could be considered the Pirates best starter for this season.
The bullpen would be left to cover the final three innings and they did not disappoint. Edgar Santana pitched the seventh and struck out one batter. The eighth inning belonged to Keone Kela and he would give up one hit to go with one strikeout. The ninth inning saw Felipe Vazquez on the bump and he was lights out once again. He allowed one hit, but closed out the inning for his 28th save of the season.
The Buccos offense would collect ten hits on the night with Adam Frazier, Gregory Polanco, and Corey Dickerson leading the way with two hits apiece. Pittsburgh would pick up the only two runs of the game in the fifth inning. Things would get started when Starling Marte hit a single to left center field to plate Jordy Mercer. Marte would then come in to score when Gregory Polanco singled into right center field.
We all would like to see this offense come to life over the final month of the season to compliment what the pitching staff has been doing of late. They will need to be solid again tomorrow night in the finale of this three-game series if they want to walk away with a series win. Joe Musgrove will start for the Pirates, while St. Louis will counter with John Gant.
Record vs. Cardinals: 7-8
Record vs. N.L. Central: 32-24
Record on the Road: 30-34
Overall Record: 65-68
Let’s Go Bucs!