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Jones Throws Six Scoreless Innings, Pirates Beat Dodgers 1-0

Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates featured an enticing pitching matchup.  For the Dodgers, former-Pirate Tyler Glasnow was on the mound, with his reputation as one of the game’s most talented arms.  For the Pirates, it was Jared Jones, who is recognized as one of the bright young arms in all of baseball.

The pitching matchup lived up to the hype on Tuesday, with Jones getting the edge over Glasnow, as the Pirates won by a 1-0 score at PNC Park.

Both Jones and Glasnow were stellar on the mound for their respective teams.  Jones improved to 4-5 on the season, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out six batters in six innings on the mound. 

For L.A., Glasnow lasted six innings, giving up one run on three hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.  He fell to 6-4 with the loss, with his ERA sitting at 2.93 on the season.

The Bucs’ bullpen, which has been suspect this season, held off any potential Dodgers’ rally by only allowing just two hits and one walk in the game’s final three innings.  Colin Holderman and Aroldis Chapman pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively, setting the table for David Bednar.  The Bucs’ closer earned his 12th save of the season, setting the Dodgers down in order to seal the victory.

Similar to the Dodgers, the Pirates struggled at the plate as well tonight.  Bryan Reynolds was the only player to have a multi-hit game, while collectively they struck out a total of 13 times on the night.  The Bucs’ lone run came in the third inning, when Jack Suwinski, just called up from AAA earlier in the day, hit a solo homerun, his fifth of the season, to right field.  That would be the only run that Jones and Co. would need on this night.

This was quite the encouraging start to the homestand for Pittsburgh.  Jones was superb on the mound tonight, and responded nicely to the worst start of his career thus far his last time out against the Detroit Tigers.  The Pirates have now put themselves in the driver’s seat with a good chance to win this series.

Wednesday’s night matchup will be another exciting matchup on the mound.  James Paxton will take the mound for Los Angeles with his 5-0 record, while the Pirates will send Paul Skenes to the bump.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Record vs. Dodgers: 1-0

Record vs. N.L. West: 5-5

Record at Home: 13-15

Overall Record: 28-32

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