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Dodgers Avoid Sweep, Beat Bucs 11-7

Bailey Falter struggled on the mound at PNC Park on Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers by an 11-7 score.  With the loss, the Bucs failed to complete the series sweep of the Dodgers after two exciting victories earlier in the week.

Falter was tagged for five runs on eight hits with two walks in four innings, falling to 3-3 on the season after suffering the loss.  Ben Heller had a miserable appearance out of the bullpen, giving up five runs on four hits in his one inning of work.

Walker Buehler started for the Dodgers, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits in three innings.  Michael Grove earned the victory, improving to 3-2 on the season after pitching two scoreless innings.

Freddie Freeman’s three-run homerun in the top of the first inning put the Dodgers in control of the game before the Pirates even had a chance to bat.  Miguel Rojas singled home a run later in the inning to make it 4-0.

The Pirates scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning, when Jack Suwinski singled home Edward Olivares.  A sacrifice fly by Olivares in the third cut the lead to 4-2, which was followed later in the inning by a two-run homerun by Nick Gonzales to tie the game.

It was a six-run fifth inning by the Dodgers that was the difference in this game.  A solo homerun by Teoscar Hernandez put them back in front, followed by a RBI double from Enrique Hernandez and a three-run homerun by Mookie Betts.  A RBI double by Rojas completed the scoring in the inning, making it an 11-4 game.

Oneil Cruz cut into the Dodgers lead in the eighth inning when he hammered a three-run homerun, his eighth long ball of the year, to make it 11-7.  Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, it was far too little, far too late.

This was a disappointing ending to a tremendously exciting series for Pittsburgh.  After taking two of three games from one of the best teams in baseball, it certainly does bring some optimism in terms of what this team may be capable of with some more offense and consistency.

The Pirates will continue their homestand when they welcome the Minnesota Twins to PNC Park for the first of three games on Friday night.  Joe Ryan will be on the mound for Minnesota against Mitch Keller for Pittsburgh.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Record vs. Dodgers: 2-1

Record vs. N.L. West: 6-6

Record at Home: 14-16

Overall Record: 29-33

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor