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Pirates Beat Diamondbacks 6-4

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Wednesday night setting the table for an opportunity to earn a series split on Thursday afternoon.

Mitch Keller earned the victory (4-8), beating Madison Bumgarner (6-11), while Eric Stout earned his first victory of the season for the Bucs.  Keller gave up three runs on give hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings, while Bumgarner was tagged for five runs on eight hits in six innings.

Ben Gamel’s two-run double in the third gave the Pirates an early 2-0 lead.  After they scored another run in the fourth to make it 3-0, the Bucs gave up two runs in the bottom half.  Ketel Marte’s single got the D-backs on the board, and a sacrifice fly by Christian Walker cut the lead to 3-2.

Pittsburgh distanced themselves in the sixth with three runs.  A double by Greg Allen scored Rodolfo Castro, and a single by Tucupita Marcano scored a pair to make it 5-2.  Arizona got a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Daulton Varsho, but Gamel’s groundout in the ninth made it 6-3.

The Diamondbacks had a great chance to make this game very interesting in the ninth inning, loading the bases with no outs.  However, the Bucs pulled off a wild and bizarre double play to stall Arizona’s rally.  A ground ball to third went to Castro at second, but after stepping on the base, he threw the ball to shortstop Kevin Newman instead of throwing to first for a routine double play.  After a run down and a review, the double play did stand, and despite a run scoring, the Diamondbacks couldn’t complete the comeback.

This was a nice game for the Bucs to win after losing the first two games of the series.  They have now given themselves a chance to a series split on Thursday afternoon.  JT Brubaker will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Merrill Kelly for Arizona.

Record vs. Diamondbacks: 3-3

Record vs. N.L. West: 14-13

Record on the Road: 21-37

Overall Record: 45-66


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