It was a rough weekend for the Pittsburgh Pirates and they looked to put that behind them with the start of a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. These two teams are quite similar from a record stand point, so it was no surprise that this game was closely contested throughout.
JT Brubaker took the mound for Pittsburgh to start the game and he would pitch 6.2 innings. He allowed one run, not earned, on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. That lone run came in the fourth when Ryan McMahon scored after Randal Grichuk hit into a double play. That Colorado run would tie the game at one.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the first inning on a Ke’Bryan Hayes RBI double to right that scored Ben Gamel. The Pirates scored that run off former Bucco Chad Kuhl. Kuhl allowed the one run on five hits with four walks and one strikeout over 4.1 innings of work. The Rockies used two pitchers out of the bullpen to cover the final 3.2 innings.
Ty Blach worked 2.2 of those innings striking out two batters and allowing one hit. Tyler Kinley recorded the loss on the night during the eighth. That is when Yoshi Tsutsugo drove in Hayes on an infield single for what would be the go ahead run. Wil Crowe covered an inning on the mound, allowing a hit and a walk, before giving way to David Bednar. Bednar earned his first win of the season after allowing a hit, walking a batter, and collecting a strikeout in the 2-1 Pittsburgh victory.
After being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend, it was great to see the Pirates come away with a much-needed win. Brubaker pitched arguably his best game of the season, and while the Pittsburgh offense could have come through with a few more clutch hits, they did overcome two defensive errors to get the win. This series will continue tomorrow night at 6:35pm.
Record vs. Rockies: 1-0
Record vs. N.L. West: 4-3
Record at Home: 10-13
Overall Record: 17-24
Let’s Go Bucs!