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Jones Nearly Perfect, Pirates Walk Off For Victory Over Rockies

Jared Jones pitched seven shutout innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates walked off in the bottom of the ninth inning to snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a disappointing start to the 2024 season for the Pirates, Jones has been spectacular, setting his MLB career off an astonishing start.  Saturday may have been the best start of his season thus far, as he gave up just one hit while striking out 10 batters without issuing a walk in seven innings on the mound.  While he earned a no-decision on the day, he lowered his ERA to just 2.63 for the season.

Colin Holderman pitched a scoreless eighth inning, while David Bednar earned his second victory of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth.

While the Bucs did earn the victory today, their offensive struggles are far from over.  The team managed just six hits and only one run on the day, and it took them until the very last inning to plate a run.  Connor Joe was the only Pirate to tally more than one hit on the day, while Bryan Reynolds and Oneil Cruz each went hitless with three total strikeouts.

Joe’s single in the ninth inning got things started for Pittsburgh.  He eventually advanced to third base on Yasmani Grandal’s groundout.  With two outs, Jared Triolo walked and Cruz was intentionally walked, loading the bases for pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski.  A hitter who has plenty of issues at the plate himself, Suwinski smacked a line-drive single to left field to score Joe and walk it off for the Pirates.

It has been an incredible start to the season, and his career, for Jones, who has established himself as the staff ace without question.  The Pirates needed this victory to snap their losing streak, but the win today didn’t do much to tame the worries of their fans.  The issues are still very apparent, particular on the offensive side of the ball as well as the questionable decisions being made by the coaching staff on a regular basis.

The Pirates and Rockies will meet back up for the rubber match of this series at PNC Park on Sunday.  Ryan Feltner will be on the mound for Colorado against Bailey Falter for Pittsburgh.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm.

Record vs. Rockies: 1-1

Record vs. N.L. West: 2-3

Record at Home: 6-8

Overall Record: 15-19

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