In the midst of a six-game losing streak, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in desperate need of win. For the first time in quite sometime they got a complete team effort and came away with an 8-2 victory and avoided being swept by the Boston Red Sox.
JT Brubaker was lights out during his seven innings on the mound. He would allow just two hits to go with seven strikeouts. With that performance he picked up his third win of the year. Zach Thompson came out of the pen and got roughed up a little bit. He would collect only one out, while allowing two runs on three hits to go with one walk.
Manny Banuelos collected the final two outs of the inning, walking and striking out one batter. The ninth belonged to Colin Holderman. Holderman struck out two of the three batters he faced to finish the game off.
The Pittsburgh offense came to life early and was led by Bryan Reynolds. Reynolds smacked a two-run home run 346 ft. to right in the first inning. Ben Gamel drove in a pair of runs with a double in the third inning. Reynolds would strike again with another two-run home run to right, to give the Pirates a six-run lead in the fifth.
Pittsburgh would plate their final runs of the night in the sixth. Greg Allen scored when Michael Chavis doubled to shallow left. He then came in to score on a Tyler Heineman single to left center. Boston got on the board in the eighth on an infield single by Tommy Pham. They would get one more in the inning when Rafael Devers hit a sac fly to center.
This was a much-needed win for the Buccos and to get it from the entire team was great to see. They also outhit their opponent, which hasn’t happened it quite some time, 10-5. The Pirates will continue their home stand on Friday night when they play the first of three games against the Cincinnati Reds.
Record vs. Red Sox: 1-2
Record vs. American League: 4-11
Record at Home: 25-31
Overall Record: 46-72
Let’s Go Bucs!