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Phillies Win It In Ninth On Castellanos Single

The Keystone State rivalry continued Saturday afternoon with the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on the Philadelphia Phillies in game three of four from Citizens Bank Ballpark.  This game was a back-and-forth affair with each team holding a lead until Philadelphia would ultimately win it in the bottom of the ninth by the final of 4-3.

Pittsburgh struck first with a Ke’Bryan Hayes RBI double to right center in the first inning.  The Phillies wasted little time taking the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Kyle Schwarber would tie the game on a solo home run to center.  Nick Castellanos collected his first RBI of the day on a single to left center to put the home team up one.

The Pirates would get a one run lead in the fifth on a Oneil Cruz two run home run to left field.  That lead would last until the bottom of the seventh when Alec Bohm tied the game at three with a single to left center.  Castellanos would strike again in the bottom of the ninth with a single to center that would bring home Whit Merrifield for the winning run.

Marco Gonzales had a strong start today going six innings allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.  Aroldis Chapman would be charged with the blown save after allowing one run on one hit with two walks.  Colin Holderman would finish off the seventh, collecting two outs, one via strikeout.  Hunter Stratton worked the eighth, striking out one batter.  Jose Hernandez collected the loss after allowing one run on one hit with a walk and strikeout, though it would be Roansy Contreras who would give up the winning hit.

Spencer Turnbull pitched four innings for Philadelphia allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts.  Matt Strahm came out of the pen for two innings of work.  He would strikeout five batters in that time frame.  Gregory Soto and Jose Alvarado each worked an inning, before Jeff Hoffman collected his second win of the year pitching the ninth.

This was a tough loss for Pittsburgh as they once again got a sold start from a pitcher, but could not back it up with enough offense.  That will happen as they begin to face better pitching throughout the season, so it is important that the bats learn to adapt.  This series will wrap up tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm with Mitch Keller taking on Zack Wheeler.

Record vs. Phillies:  1-2

Record vs. N.L. East:  7-3

Record on the Road:  7-3

Overall Record:  10-5

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.