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Pirates Lose Ugly To Twins In Extra Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins met for the final time this weekend on Sunday afternoon.  Pittsburgh was going for a series sweep, while Minnesota was looking to salvage a game before leaving PNC Park.  This game was tight during regulation, but the Twins would use a seventh run tenth inning to put away Pittsburgh by the final of 11-5.

Minnesota jumped out to a three-run lead in the first inning.  Jose Miranda drew a bases loaded walk for the first run.  Carlos Correa crossed home for the second run when Alex Kirlloff hit into a fielder’s choice.  Max Kepler scored the third run on a passed ball, but that run should not have counted as it clearly was a foul ball upon replay.

The Pirates got on the board in the second when Jared Triolo singled home Rowdy Tellez.  Pittsburgh would jump out in front with three runs in the fifth.  Bryan Reynolds got it started with an RBI double to right.  Reynolds, along with Andrew McCutchen, would come around to score when Connor Joe hit a triple into the notch.  The Twins tied the game in the sixth when Royce Lewis hit a sac fly.

Jared Jones made it only through five innings today, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.  Kyle Nicolas was only able to get one out while allowing one run on one hit with a walk in the sixth.  Justin Bruihl gave up a walk during one inning of work.  Hunter Stratton pitched 1.2 innings, collecting one strikeout.  Aroldis Chapman gave up just one hit during an inning of work, before the wheels fell off for Ben Heller in the tenth.

Bailey Ober gave the Twins 4.2 innings for work and would allow four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks.  Minnesota then used six relief pitchers to cover the remaining 5.1 innings.  In total they would allow just one unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks.

This was an ugly loss to end the home stand, but it was a winning homestand overall with Pittsburgh getting four wins in six games.  The Pirates will have an off-day Monday before hitting the road for their next six games.  Up first will be a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  First pitch for the Tuesday opener is 7:45pm.

Record vs. Twins:  2-1

Record vs. American League:  8-14

Record at Home:  16-17

Overall Record:  31-34


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.