The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing a good brand of baseball on this six game homestand and that would continue today against the Miami Marlins. Pittsburgh would use solid pitching and timely hitting to earn a 5-1 victory today at a damp PNC Park.
Ivan Nova was back on the mound today after missing his last start. It looked like the extra rest did Nova some good during this outing. He would finish the day pitching six innings allowing three hits to go with nine strikeouts and one walk. Dovydas Neverauskas pitched a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts, before Nick Kingham would work the final two innings. Kingham allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
The lone Miami run came when Miguel Rojas scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning. Fortunately, the Pirates had already done enough damage at that point. It would start in the second when Kevin Newman hit an RBI single to score Jose Osuna. Jacob Stallings brought in two runs with a single to center in the fourth. Josh Bell would homer for the second straight day when he went yard in the sixth inning. The final Buccos run was in the seventh when Starling Marte doubled to left center.
Pittsburgh now has a chance to go 6-0 on this homestand when it comes to an end tomorrow afternoon. They will have to do so without Gregory Polanco, who is out for the season after injuring his knee and shoulder during an ugly slide into second last night. Trevor Williams will face the Marlins tomorrow, while Miami will counter with Jeff Brigham. Game time is 1:35pm.
Record vs. Marlins: 4-1
Record vs. N.L. East: 12-20
Record at Home: 40-34
Overall Record: 71-71
Let’s Go Bucs!