The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks wrapped up a four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Pittsburgh won on Wednesday night after losing the first two games. The Pirates would hold a three-run lead into the bottom of the fourth, before Arizona scored nine unanswered runs to earn a 9-3 victory.
Pittsburgh got their first run of the game when Tucupita Marcano hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Ke’Bryan Hayes to score. They would get two more runs when Greg Allen singled into center field. All three of those runs were charged to Merrill Kelly. Kelly worked five innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
JT Brubaker started for the Pirates and also pitched five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits, to go along with six strikeouts and two walks. Those two runs came in the fourth inning. The first on an Emmanuel Rivera solo homer to left center. Carson Kelly would hit an RBI single to center later in the inning.
The Diamondbacks pulled away for good in the seventh. Jake McCarthy scored on an Alek Thomas ground out to tie the game. Two runs would come around to score when Rivera doubled to left. Daulton Varsho then cleared the bases with a double to center. Varsho then scored the final run of the night on a McCarthy ground out.
Three of those runs were charged to Chase De Jong. De Jong worked 1.1 innings and gave up three hits to go with those three runs. He still did better than Yerry De Los Santos who did not record an out, but gave up four runs on two hits and three walks. He was lifted for Duane Underwood Jr. and he would go 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit.
As has been the norm lately, Pittsburgh was outhit today by the final of 9-5. That lack of hitting, along with a couple bad innings from the bullpen, led to the loss today. The Pirates have now lost six of their last seven games at Chase Field. Pittsburgh will continue this road trip on Friday night with the first of three games against the San Francisco Giants.
Record vs. Diamondbacks: 3-4
Record vs. N.L. West: 14-14
Record on the Road: 21-38
Overall Record: 45-67
Let’s Go Bucs!