The Pittsburgh Pirates were hoping that a big offensive output on Friday night would carry over to their Saturday matinee with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though they were able to put up a crooked number in the third inning, and get another strong start from Mitch Keller, Arizona would get to the bullpen in the seventh and earn a 4-3 victory.
The Diamondbacks started the scoring in the first inning when Ketel Marte hit a 439 ft. solo home run to center. Pittsburgh scored all their runs two innings later when Ke’Bryan Hayes cleared the bases with a triple off the Clemente Wall. Arizona began their rally in the sixth on an RBI single by Corbin Carroll. They took the lead for good one inning later on a Pavin Smith two run homer to right center.
Keller did all he could to get a win this afternoon. He would pitch six innings allowing two runs on three hits with zero walks. Robert Stephenson came on in the seventh and collected two outs. He would also allow two runs on three hits with a strikeout. Jose Hernandez worked .2 innings, giving up a hit and collecting a strikeout. Dauri Moreta also worked .2 innings, one of those outs via strikeout. David Bednar kept the deficit at one in the ninth, striking out a batter and allowing one hit.
Diamondbacks starter Brandon Pfaadt allowed three runs on six hits, with three strikeouts and two walks over 5.1 innings. Arizona then used four relief pitchers over the next 3.2 innings to keep the Pirates offense off the board. During that time, they would combine to allow one hit, while striking out four and walking one.
Tough to see a start like this from Keller go to waste. You could argue that he was lifted an inning too early, but had the offense shown a little bit more life aside from that third inning, then Pittsburgh most likely comes away with a win. These two teams will meet in the rubber match tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm from PNC Park. Merrill Kelly is slated to start for Arizona, while the Pirates will counter with Roansy Contreras.
Record vs. Diamondbacks: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 7-4
Record at Home: 11-10
Overall Record: 24-21
Let’s Go Bucs!