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Pittsburgh Pirates' Ji Hwan Bae (3) is greeted by Ke'Bryan Hayes (13) after both scored on a double by Austin Hedges off New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, June 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pirates’ Offense Erupts In Win Over Mets

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ offense came alive on Friday night in a 14-7 victory over the New York Mets in a wild game at PNC Park.

The two teams combined for 21 runs on 28 hits, while each team had two defensive errors and went through a total of six pitchers.  Despite giving up a five-run ninth inning, the Bucs hung on for a comfortable victory in the weekend series’ opening game.

Rich Hill improved to 6-5 on the season after turning in another solid start on the mound.  He gave up two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings of work.  His opponent, Tylor Megill, suffered the loss, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on eight hits with three walks.

Mark Vientos singled home a run in the second inning to give the Mets an early lead.  Austin Hedges’ two-run double in the bottom of the inning put the Bucs up in front by a run.  After Francisco Lindor hit a solo homerun in the top of the third to tie the game, the Pirates took over from there.

A two-run single by Ke’Bryan Hayes in the third gave Pittsburgh the lead again, and they never looked back.  Later in the inning, Ji Hwan Bae singled home two runs, and Josh Palacios slapped an RBI single to make it 7-2.

Jack Suwinski doubled home a run in the fourth, and was followed by Hayes’ two-run double to make it 10-2 Pittsburgh.  After scoring two more runs in the sixth, the Bucs tallied their final two in the eighth on solo homeruns by Carlos Santana and Suwinski.

Despite giving up five runs to the Mets in the ninth, which required David Bednar to come into the game and got the final out, the Bucs went on to win by seven runs.

This was a wild game at PNC Park.  Tonight’s contest featured another great start from Hill, who has surpassed expectations thus far on the mound.  The offense erupting for 14 runs is a beautiful thing to see.  Hopefully a game like this can wake up the bats and they can carry some offensive momentum on to Saturday’s game.

After a disappointing series against the Oakland Athletics, the Pirates have put themselves in position to win this series against the Mets.  The two teams will face off in the second game of the series on Saturday afternoon.  Kodai Senga will be on the mound for New York against Johan Oviedo for Pittsburgh.

Record vs. Mets: 1-0

Record vs. N.L. East: 3-1

Record at Home: 17-15

Overall Record: 33-29

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor