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Olivares, Keller Lead Pirates Over Angels 4-1

Edward Olivares hit a grand slam in the third inning and Mitch Keller threw a complete game as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Los Angeles Angels by a 4-1 score at PNC Park.

It was the third straight victory for the Pirates, who took the first game of this series and improved to 3-1 thus far on their home stand. 

This was by far Keller’s best start of the season, throwing 109 pitches while giving up just one run on five hits.  He improved to 3-3 on the season while lowering his ERA to 4.41.

Tyler Anderson suffered the loss for Los Angeles, giving up four runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Pittsburgh did all of its damage in the third inning.  Andrew McCutchen walked to lead off the inning, and a double by Bryan Reynolds put runners on second and third with no outs.  After a walk to Ke’Bryan Hayes, Anderson got Connor Joe to pop out to shortstop.  Then with one out, Olivares stepped to the plate and hammered a grand slam to left center field to make it 4-0.

The Angels plated their lone run of the game in the top of the sixth inning.  Zach Neto homered to center field, his third of the season, to cut the Bucs’ lead to 4-1.  But Keller was dominant throughout and shut things down in the game’s latter innings.

This was a huge victory for the Pirates.  Yes, it was nice that they won the game, their third in a row.  But more than that, it was massive to see Keller dominate a game like he did tonight.  As we have seen glimpses in the past, tonight is an example of what he is capable of when he takes the mound.  Consistency will continue to be a pivotal factor going forward across the board if this team has any chance of competing, and that begins with the starting pitchers, most notably Mitch Keller.

The Pirates and Angels will meet back up at PNC Park for the second game of this series on Tuesday night.  Patrick Sandoval will be on the mound for Los Angeles against Quinn Priester for Pittsburgh.

Record vs. Angels: 1-0

Record vs. American League: 4-8

Record At Home: 8-8

Overall Record: 17-19

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