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Pirates Rally To Defeat Marlins In Twelve Innings

For baseball fans Opening Day is a magical moment where all the hopes and dreams of their team making a run to the World Series begins.  The Pittsburgh Pirates began that journey on the road where they began a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.  Miami would lead early, but Pittsburgh rallied late and picked up a 6-5 victory in twelve innings.

The Marlins started the scoring in the second inning when Jazz Chisholm scored on a fielder’s choice.  Later in the inning Jake Burger scored on a Tim Anderson double to right.  The Pirates tied the game in the third when Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer to left center.  That tie was broken in the bottom of the inning when Burger singled home Bryan De La Cruz and Chisholm.

Burger added a run in the fifth on a sac fly that scored Josh Bell, but Pittsburgh would begin their comeback in the seventh.  Edward Olivares hit a solo home run to cut the lead to two.  Before the inning ended, Michael A. Taylor would score on an Andrew McCutchen ground out.  In the eighth Oneil Cruz tied the game with a solo home run to deep left center.  The winning run came around to score on a Jared Triolo single to right center to plate Ke’Bryan Hayes.

Mitch Keller made the start for the Pirates and was not at his best.  He would allow five runs, four earned, on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.  His counterpart Jesus Luzardo worked five innings allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. 

Pittsburgh’s bullpen was lights out over the final 6.1 innings.  Combined they would allow one hit, walk two, and strikeout four.  Louis L. Ortiz would pick up the win after pitching two innings and Jose Hernandez earned the save.   Miami’s pen would give up four runs on seven hits with six walks and nine strikeouts.

It is always good to grab a win on Opening Day, even it takes a few extra innings.  There were some base running blunders and a high number of strikeouts, but this is the first meaningful game these guys have played since last September, hopefully those mistakes will lessen over the course of the season.  This four-game series will continue Friday at 7:10pm.

Record vs. Marlins:  1-0

Record vs. N.L East:  1-0

Record on the Road:  1-0

Overall Record:  1-0

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.