The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their road trip on Monday night when they began a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Colorado has had a rough start to the season, but they have played Pittsburgh tough at home the past couple of years. Thankfully the Pirates offense would have a huge night, and get some quality pitching to back it up, in a 14-3 victory.
Andrew McCutchen started the scoring with a solo home run to left center in the first inning. Pittsburgh would use a six run second inning to put this game away. It began with a Mark Mathias RBI single to center. Ji Hwan Bae drove in Rodolfo Castro on a sacrifice bunt that he beat out to first. Mathias would come in to score when Austin Hedges singled to center. Ke’Bryan Hayes kept it going with a RBI single to center, which was followed by a Bryan Reynolds single to left center that scored Hedges. The final run of the inning came when Carlos Santana hit into a fielder’s choice.
The Pirates scored two more runs in the top of the third. Bae would bring in a run when he hit into a fielder’s choice, and then score when Hayes singled to center. The Rockies got on the board in the bottom half of the inning on a Kris Bryant solo homer to left center.
Four more runs crossed the plate for the black and gold in the fifth. Hayes drove in Mathias with a sac fly. Bae then scored when Reynolds singled to left center, and Santana drove in a pair with a single to center. Colorado grabbed two more runs in the eighth. Mike Moustakas hit an RBI double to left to score Bryant. Charlie Blackmon scored when Harold Castro hit a sac fly. Jack Suwinski put the cherry on top with a solo home run in the ninth.
Rich Hill collected his first win in a Pittsburgh uniform after allowing one run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Wil Crowe allowed two runs on two hits with a strikeout over 1.1 innings on the bump. The final 1.2 innings went to Jose Hernandez, and he would allow two hits and strikeout one batter. Colorado starter Kyle Freeland was roughed up for nine runs, seven earned, on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout over 2.2 inning. The Rockies used four pitchers out of the pen, including a position player, over the final 6.1 innings. They combined to allow five runs, two earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
There really is no better way to start this series for the Pirates. The entire offense contributed in one way or another, and the strong start from Hill gives everyone more confidence in what this starting rotation is capable of. Now Pittsburgh has a chance to take this series from Colorado tomorrow night. The starting pitching matchup will be Vince Velasquez against Jose Urena.
Record vs. Rockies: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 1-0
Record on the Road: 7-4
Overall Record: 10-7
Let’s Go Bucs!