After a victory last night, the Pittsburgh Pirates entered today with a chance to take this three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati has had their way with Pittsburgh this season, but today’s 3-1 victory gave the Pirates two straight series victories over the division foes. The Buccos will have one more chance to take a series from the Reds in two weeks.
Trevor Williams was very good once again today. Williams is not the type of pitcher that is going to overwhelm you with his numbers, but he has been one of the more consistent Pittsburgh starters this season. He would throw seven innings today allowing zero runs on eight hits, to go with five strikeouts and one walk.
The offense collected five hits today and three of those put runs on the scoreboard. Things would get started in the third inning when Jordy Mercer hit a solo home run to deep left centerfield. Three innings later the Pirates would come through with another run. Jordan Luplow would hit a RBI single to left that brought home Max Moroff. Another solo home run, this time from Starling Marte, would give the Buccos their third and final run of the day.
The Pittsburgh bullpen would get to work in the eighth, with Daniel Hudson being the first man up. He would allow one hit, but induce a double play and pick up a strikeout to finish off the eighth inning. The ninth inning would belong to Felipe Rivero. Rivero had a rough inning allowing one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts, but in the end, he would collect the final out for his 17th save of the season.
Nice to see the Pirates win the series, especially with the Chicago Cubs coming to PNC Park tomorrow afternoon to start a four-game series. Chicago embarrassed the Buccos last week at Wrigley Field, so hopefully Pittsburgh can wreck their Labor Day week. Tomorrow’s game will feature Chad Kuhl taking on Jake Arrieta. Game time is set for 4:08pm.
Record vs. Reds: 6-10
Record vs. N.L. Central: 27-30
Record at Home: 37-32
Overall Record: 65-72
Let’s Go Bucs!