There has not been much offense to speak of for the Pittsburgh Pirates during this six-game home stand. In the previous five games they have scored fourteen runs and collected just one win. Today in their finale with the Colorado Rockies they would put a ten spot on the board to pick up a 10-5 win and earn a series victory as well.
Early on it did not look good for Pittsburgh. Colorado put up four runs within the first three innings. It started in the second when Randal Grichuk drove in two runs on a double to shallow right. Grichuk came in to score later in the inning when Brian Serven singled. A solo home run by C.J. Cron in the third capped off those first four runs.
All four of these runs came off of Pirates starter Zach Thompson. Thompson pitched three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Pittsburgh was able to cut the Rockies lead in half with two runs in the third. Tyler Heineman was able to score on a Ke’Bryan Hayes ground out. Ben Gamel then drove in Bryan Reynolds with a single to shallow left center.
Grichuk brought home Yonathan Daza in the fifth for the final Colorado run. That was hit off of Mitch Keller. Keller worked 3.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed that one run on five hits, with two strikeouts and one walk. The Pirates comeback began in the sixth when Jack Suwinski hit a three-run homer over the Clemente Wall to tie the game at five.
Pittsburgh took the lead for good in the seventh on an RBI single by Gamel. A three-run home run by Josh VanMeter later in the inning gave the Buccos insurance. They would build on that in the eighth when Cal Mitchell drove in Suwinski on a double to right center.
Dillon Peters earned the win after pitching .2 of an inning and walking one batter. Wil Crowe pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout. Yerry De Los Santos worked the ninth and allowed one hit to go with two strikeouts and one walk.
It was great to see the offense show signs of life today, even if they got outhit 13-9. Mitchell, Gamel, and VanMeter led the team with two hits apiece. The Pirates will have an off day on Thursday before heading west for a six-game road trip. The first series will feature three games against the San Diego Padres.
Record vs. Rockies: 2-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 5-4
Record at Home: 11-14
Overall Record: 18-25
Let’s Go Bucs!