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Bucs Blank Twins 3-0

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their home stand on Friday night when they welcomed the Minnesota Twins to PNC Park for a three game weekend series.  Game one would see Pittsburgh get a great start from Mitch Keller, along with a solid night from three relievers out of the pen.  When it was all said and done the offense would pull through and grab a 3-0 series opening victory.

There was not a lot of offense, but it started in the second inning when Oneil Cruz went deep with a 435 ft. solo home run to right center.  Two innings later Bryan Reynolds would score on a Nick Gonzales sac fly.  The final run of the night came in the eighth when Connor Joe launched a 422 ft. solo home run to left center.

Keller would work six innings on the night and give up seven hits to go with eight strikeouts and two walks.  Aroldis Chapman would strikeout two in the seventh, before Colin Holderman would keep Minnesota off the board in the eighth.  That would setup David Bednar to earn his 13th save of the season after allowing one hit and striking out a batter in the ninth.

The Twins would only use two pitchers to cover eight innings this evening.  Joe Ryan allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings.  Griffin Jax came on in the eighth and would give up one run on two hits with one strikeout.

Another solid start from the Pirates rotation as it continues to prove that it is the strongest part of this team in 2024.  The back end of the bullpen appears to be finding its form, which will help this team mightily over the final three plus months.  Game two of the series will take place Saturday at 4:05pm.  Pittsburgh has yet to name a starter, but Minnesota will go with Simeon Woods Richardson.

Record vs. Twins:  1-0

Record vs. American League:  7-13

Record at Home:  15-16

Overall Record:  30-33

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.