The Pittsburgh Pirates tied the franchise record with seven homeruns on Friday night, beating the Seattle Mariners by an 11-6 score at T-Mobile Park.
The offensive outburst has been long overdue for a team that has struggled to barely put any crooked numbers on the scoreboard recently. Jack Suwinski went deep twice, while Bryan Reynolds led the tame with four RBIs. In all, the Bucs had 15 hits, with five different players tallying multi-hit games.
And while the bats were on fire on Friday, Mitch Keller had his struggles on the mound. While still tallying his sixth victory of the season, he was tagged for six runs on seven hits. He has been the Pirates’ best pitcher all season, and let’s hope this is only a minor hiccup in an otherwise great 2023 thus far.
Andrew McCutchen gave us all a preview of what was to come when he led off the game with a solo homerun to left center field. Julio Rodriguez answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot of his own, tying the game at a run a piece.
Seattle took the lead in the bottom of the second on a single by Taylor Trammell, scoring Cal Raleigh. Carlos Santana’s solo homerun in the fourth tied the game, and the Pirates took control in the fifth inning. Reynolds’ triple scored Austin Hedges and McCutchen to put the Bucs in front by two runs, and a two-run homerun by Suwinski increased the lead to 6-2. Ke’Bryan Hayes followed with a homerun of his own, his second of the season, to make it 7-2.
A single by Rodriguez in the bottom of the fifth scored a pair of runs to bring the Mariners back to a three-run deficit, but Reynolds answered in the sixth with a single to left, scoring another run. Two more long balls came in the seventh inning off the bats of Suwinski (9th of the season) and Tucupita Marcano (3rd of the season) respectively.
Seattle’s J.P. Crawford hit a two run homerun to right field in the seventh to cut into the deficit a bit, but Reynolds capped off his excellent night at the plate with a solo homerun, his seventh of the season, in the eighth inning.
This was a feel-good victory for the Pirates…one of the only we have had as fans in recent weeks. The offense showed its potential as all players were seeing the ball well and putting good swings out there. Once again, by winning the first game of the series, they have put themselves in a nice position to earn a victory in this series. We’ll see if they can do so on Saturday night at T-Mobile Park.
Record vs. Mariners: 1-0
Record vs. American League: 10-14
Record on the Road: 14-11
Overall Record: 26-24
Let’s Go Bucs!