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Cruz Delivers In Extras For Pirates

This weekend at PNC Park two of the more exciting young teams in Major League Baseball are taking the field.  The Baltimore Orioles took game one on Friday, but the Pittsburgh Pirates would use extra innings to walk it off on a single by Oneil Cruz to win by the final of 5-4 in eleven on Saturday.

Pittsburgh jumped on the board first with a three run third inning.  Rowdy Tellez drove home Edward Olivares with a single to right center.  Tellez would be driven home when the newest Bucco, Joey Bart, hit a two-run homer to left center.  It looked like that three-run lead would be enough, but Baltimore would battle back.

In the seventh Anthony Santander would score on an Austin Hays ground out.  A sac fly by Cedric Mullins cut the Pirates lead to one.  The Orioles would tie the game in the ninth when Jordan Westburg scored on a fielder’s choice by Mullins. 

Baltimore would take their only lead of the game in the tenth on a Adley Rutschman sac fly.  That lead was short lived with Olivares drawing a bases loaded walk in the bottom half of the inning for Pittsburgh.  With Henry Davis on second, Cruz would lash a single to right center to send the Bucco faithful home happy on Saturday night.

Bailey Falter had a great bounce back game for the Pirates.  He would pitch six innings allowing one hit, while giving up a walk and striking out a batter.  Ryder Ryan was tagged for two runs while pitching the seventh.  Aroldis Chapman struck out two and walked one in the eight.  David Bednar would blow his second save of the season after allowing one run on two hits with a strikeout in the ninth.  A solid 1.2 innings pitched by Luis L. Ortiz would allow Josh Fleming to collect the final out of the eleventh and get the win.

Tyler Wells pitched 5.1 innings for the Orioles, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks.  Baltimore then used four relief pitchers before Mike Baumann collected a blown save in the tenth.  Danny Coulombe worked out of a bases loaded zero outs jam in the tenth, but Jonathan Heasley got the loss after allowing the winning hit by Cruz.

This game had a little bit of everything.  Gold Glove caliber plays on defense, clutch pitching, and timely hits.  After all that action these two teams will meet again on Sunday for the rubber match of this series.  The pitching matchup will feature Marco Gonzales going for Pittsburgh, while the Orioles will counter with Dean Kremer.  First pitch is set for 1:35pm.

Record vs. Orioles:  1-1

Record vs. American League:  1-1

Record at Home:  1-1

Overall Record:  7-2

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.