After a strong pair of games against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates faced off against the N.L. Central division leaders in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon. Today, the suddenly hot Bucs got out to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory at PNC Park.
Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, failing to earn a decision after pitching just 4.2 innings. He gave up one run on seven hits, but was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning. Richard Rodriguez, Edgar Santana, and Kyle Crick each pitched a scoreless inning, setting the table for Felipe Vazquez, who sat the Brewers down in the ninth to clinch the win.
The Pirates took the lead in the first inning, scoring the only two runs they would need on the day. Back to back homeruns by Starling Marte and Gregory ...Read More