The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their ten-game losing streak on Friday night with a come-from-behind victory over the Miami Marlins. On Saturday, it appeared as though they may come away with another win after rallying in the late innings to tie and even take the lead. Unfortunately, the Marlins answered against the Bucs’ bullpen, claiming a 4-3 win in extra innings.
Osvaldo Bido started for the Pirates, battling his way through 5.2 innings while giving up two runs on nine hits. Angel Perdomo was tagged with the loss by giving up the game-winning hit in the 11th inning. Bryan Hoeing was on the mound for Miami, throwing five innings of no-hit baseball while walking three batters. Andrew Nardi tallied the victory (5-1).
A two-run homerun by Luis Arraez broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Pirates cut the lead in half in the top of the eighth when Carlos Santana singled home Andrew McCutchen to make it 2-1. Jason Delay’s double in the top of the ninth scored Nick Gonzales to tie the game.
Ke’Bryan Hayes’ single in the top of the 10th scored Josh Palacios to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead, but Miami answered back immediately in the bottom of the inning when Yuli Gurriel hit a sacrifice fly to score Bryan De La Cruz from third. One inning later, Jon Berti sent the Marlins’ fans home happy with a RBI single to right to end the game.
This was a difficult loss for Pittsburgh. They once again were able to rally in the eighth and ninth innings to force extras, and then to have the lead and give it away and end up losing is a tough pill to swallow. They still have an opportunity to split this series with a victory on Sunday afternoon. Johan Oviedo will make the start for the Bucs against Eury Perez for Miami.
Record vs. Marlins: 1-2
Record vs. N.L. East: 5-4
Record on the Road: 17-22
Overall Record: 35-41
Let’s Go Bucs!