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Pirates Hold Off Dodgers For 10-6 Victory

After a 1-0 victory on Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers were back at PNC Park Tuesday for game two of their three game series.  Game two would feature plenty of offense as the two teams would combine for sixteen runs on twenty hits.  In the end it would be Pittsburgh who came away with the victory, taking the series in the progress.

The Pirates would use a seven run second inning to put this game away.  Nick Gonzales drove in a pair on a double to left.  He would cross home when Yasmani Grandal singled to right center.  Bryan Reynolds drove in a pair when he singled to center.  Edward Olivares drove in the sixth run, before Reynolds scored on a passed ball.

Los Angeles got two of those runs back when Shohei Ohtani hit a 447ft. home run to center.  Andy Pages followed up with a solo home run in the fifth, but that was answered by a Gonzales sac fly in the bottom of the inning.  The Dodgers got a run on a passed ball in the sixth and a Will Smith single in the seventh to cut the lead to three.

Ke’Bryan Hayes added to the Pittsburgh lead with an RBI single to right center in the seventh.  Gonzales then plated his fourth run of the night on a single to left center later in the inning.  The final run came in the top of the eighth on a Gavin Lux RBI single to center.

Paul Skenes was solid again, picking up his third win of the season.  He pitched five innings allowing three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  Carmen Mlodzinski gave up an unearned run on one hit with a strikeout during the sixth inning.  Aroldis Chapman allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts in the seventh. 

The eighth inning saw Hunter Stratton collect the first two outs, while walking a batter and giving up a run on two hits, before Colin Holderman got the final out on a long fly ball to right.  David Bednar pitched a flawless ninth to finish off the game.

James Paxton was roughed up for seven runs, six earned, on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.  Yohan Ramirez, Anthony Banda, and Ryan Yarbrough combined for 6.1 innings on the mound giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

The Pirates have a 10-5 record against Los Angeles in their last fifteen games.  They will now go for a series sweep on Thursday night in the finale of this three-game series.  Bailey Falter will matchup against Walker Buehler.  First pitch is 6:40pm.

Record vs. Dodgers:  2-0

Record vs. N.L. West:  6-5

Record at Home:  14-15

Overall Record:  29-32

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.