Joe Musgrove threw seven shutout innings and Ke’Bryan Hayes had five hits to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
After a horrible start to the season, Musgrove has finished up strong in 2020, giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out 10 batters in his seven innings, earning his first victory of the year and lowering his ERA to 3.86.
As for Hayes, he continues to impress in his short stint in the majors so far. He went 5-5 with three runs scored on Saturday night, improving his average to .370 for the season.
Pittsburgh took the lead in the first inning on a RBI single by Colin Moran. A solo homerun by Jose Osuna in the second made it 2-0, and a single by Josh Bell and a two run homerun by Bryan Reynolds put the Bucs in control at 5-0.
Moran’s three run homerun in the fourth made it 8-0, which would be the final score. Amid an awful year for the team, Moran has put together a solid season. After a torrid start, he cooled off a bit over the course of the year, but still has 10 homeruns and 23 RBIs while batting .254 on the year.
This was certainly a “feel good” victory for the Pirates, something that has been a rarity for this club this season. They will wrap up their 2020 campaign on Sunday afternoon.
Record vs. Indians: 1-4
Record vs. American League: 3-16
Record on the Road: 6-22
Overall Record: 19-40
Let’s Go Bucs!