The Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees wrapped up a three-game series from PNC Park on Sunday afternoon. New York was looking for a sweep, but Pittsburgh would get a few timely hits, along with some quality pitching and defense, to grab a 3-2 win in front of the home crowd.
Liover Peguero started the scoring with an RBI single to center to score Jared Triolo in the third inning. Miguel Andujar would hit a solo home run in the fourth to put the Pirates ahead by two. The Yankees got one of those runs back in the sixth on a DJ LeMahieu RBI double to left. Anthony Volpe tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh. Jason Delay plated the winning run in the eighth when he doubled to left on a ball that hit off the third base bag.
Pittsburgh would use an opener today to start the game. Colin Selby walked one batter over two innings. Andre Jackson worked the next 4.1 innings allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Ryan Borucki earned the win after pitching .2 of an inning in the seventh. He would strikeout one batter. Carmen Mlodzinski struck out one batter in the eighth, before David Bednar struck out three batters and allowed one hit to earn his 36th save in the ninth.
New York would only use two pitchers to cover eight innings this afternoon. Starter Carlos Rodon worked 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with ten strikeouts, but suffered his sixth loss of the season. He was replaced by Randy Vasquez who would allow two hits during 1.1 innings of work.
Thankfully the Pirates were able to avoid the sweep today and end this homestand on a high note. They will now hit the road for a nine-game road trip starting Tuesday night. The first three of those games will take place against the Chicago Cubs.
Record vs. Yankees: 1-2
Record vs. American League: 19-27
Record at Home: 38-40
Overall Record: 70-80
Let’s Go Bucs!