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Phillies Outslug Pirates To Open Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates traveled across the Keystone State to begin a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.  The Pittsburgh offense got off to a sluggish start, while Philadelphia would use three home runs to down the Pirates 5-1 in the series opener from Citizens Bank Ballpark.

Most of this game was a pitcher’s duel with Phillies starter Ranger Suarez going six innings, striking out eight and walking two.  Pittsburgh starter Jared Jones allowed three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.  The first run of the night came in the fourth when Alec Bohm hit a 430 ft. solo homer to center field.

Philadelphia would use the seventh inning to break this game open.  Brandon Marsh would smack a 410 ft. two run home run to left center and that was followed up by a two-run dinger by Bryson Scott later in the inning.  The lone Pirates run would come in the ninth inning when Jared Triolo singled home Edward Olivares on a hit to right center.

Colin Holderman returned from the IL and allowed two runs, one earned, in 2/3 of an inning pitched.  Hunter Stratton would strikeout two of the three batters he would face in the eighth.  The Phillies would send Yunior Marte to the bump in the seventh.  He would allow one hit, but strikeout three Buccos.  The final two innings belonged to Nick Nelson who would allow one run on four hits with three strikeouts.

This would be the second straight game that Pittsburgh would waste a quality start.  Their offense, which started the season off hot, has gone cold and they continue to make costly mistakes in the outfield on routine plays.  These two teams will take the field again on Friday night at 6:40pm.  The expected pitching matchup will be Bailey Falter for the Pirates and Cristopher Sanchez for Philadelphia.

Record vs. Phillies:  0-1

Record vs. N.L. East:  6-2

Record on the Road:  6-2

Overall Record:  9-4

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.