One day after managing to score only one run against Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field on Wednesday night and exploded against Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros’ bullpen, coasting to a 14-2 blowout victory.
The Pirates tallied a total of 15 hits as a team, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to put them in complete control of the game from the onset. Kevin Newman and Corey Dickerson led the way with four hits each, while Jose Osuna and Jung Ho Kang added a pair of hits as well.
Josh Bell’s two run homerun, his 21st of the season, got things started for the Bucs in the first inning. A double by Dickerson and a single by Newman in the second made it 4-1, and Dickerson’s single in the third and Kang’s homerun in the sixth made it 8-1 Pirates.