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Pirates Offense Shows Life In Series Win Over Rockies

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies completed their three-game series at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon, and for the first time in a long time the Pittsburgh offense came to play.  They would collect nine hits on the afternoon and come away with a 5-3 victory, which also gave them the series win.

Colorado would jump out to a three-run lead in the second inning and all those runs came via the home run.  Jacob Stallings got it started with a two-run home run to center field.  The next batter, Sean Bouchard, would launch a solo home run to left.  The Pirates would begin their comeback two innings later.

A Rowdy Tellez groundout would bring home Ke’Bryan Hayes for their first run of the day.  In the sixth Hayes would bring home Connor Joe when he grounded out.  Oneil Cruz gave the Pirates the lead with a two-run dinger that traveled 448 ft. to right center.  Tellezwould come around to score the final run of the game on a Jack Suwinski single to left center.

Bailey Falter gave Pittsburgh a strong start going 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  Luis L. Ortiz earned his second win of the year after working the remainder of the sixth and all the seventh inning.  Aroldis Chapman struck out two and walked one during the eighth, and David Bednar picked up his sixth save of the year after striking out one batter and giving up one hit.

The Rockies would send out starter Ryan Feltner for the first 5.2 innings of the game.  Feltner allowed five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.  He was replaced by Tyler Kinley who struck out two and allowed one hit during 1.1 innings.  The eighth inning belonged to Anthony Molina who struck out one batter over that time.

This was a much-needed win this afternoon and for the series.  Today showed that the Pirates offense can strike quickly even if it was against a lowly team like Colorado.  Pittsburgh will continue their home stand tomorrow night when they begin a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.  Los Angeles is a team that is struggling, so hopefully the Pirates can continue to right the ship against them.

Record vs. Rockies:  2-1

Record vs. NL West:  3-3

Record at Home:  7-8

Overall Record:  16-19

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.