After shutting out the Colorado Rockies in game one of their doubleheader, the Pittsburgh Pirates came back and did the same in game two with a 4-0 victory. A stellar start from Mitch Keller, along with a couple home runs, gave Pittsburgh their second win of the day and their first series win since taking two of three from the Minnesota Twins back in April.
Keller looked like the pitcher we all hope he can continue to become. He would pitch five innings on the day allowing just two hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks. His mound opponent Austin Gomber pitched four innings allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out five. The Pirates bullpen combo of Sam Howard and David Bednar put the cap on the shutout over two innings of work.
Pittsburgh would account for all the scoring today and spread it out over the course of the game. It would start in the first when Adam Frazier hit a 363 ft. solo home run to right field. A throwing error by Elias Diaz allowed Frazier to score in the third. Ka’ai Tom, who was just taken off the injured list, hit a 397 ft. solo home run to right center in the fourth. The final run of the game came in the sixth when Will Craig singled home Jacob Stallings, who had just hit his first career triple.
This was a great day for the Pirates. They entered the day losing nine of their last ten and needed a confidence boost. Pittsburgh will now try to do something they haven’t done since August of 2020, sweep a series. Rumors are that Chad Kuhl could make his first start since going on the injured list. If that is the case, he will go up against Colorado starter Kyle Freeland. First pitch is set for 1:05pm.
Record vs. Rockies: 2-0
Record vs. N.L. West: 7-6
Record at Home: 10-14
Overall Record: 20-31
Let’s Go Bucs!