For the first time since 2019 the Pittsburgh Pirates have won four games in a row. They accomplished that feat on Tuesday night after defeating the Miami Marlins by the final of 3-2. The bullpen did a great job tonight in pitching all nine innings, since Pittsburgh is currently only using four starters in the rotation.
Five pitchers in total were used by the Pirates tonight. It started with Chris Stratton. He would pitch 2.1 innings allowing one run on two hits. That run came in the bottom of the third on a sac fly hit by Joey Wendle. Up next was Dillon Peters, Peters worked 2.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Nick Fortes got the run off Peters with an RBI single to left in the fifth.
Pittsburgh got the offense started in the top of the third when Jake Marisnick hit a 390 ft. solo home run to left field. With the game tied at one in the fifth, Oneil Cruz gave them back the lead with an RBI triple to right. Cruz then came in to score when Jason Delay singled to left center. All three of those runs came off of Miami starter Daniel Castano.
Tyler Beede pitched two innings and struck out two batters. The eighth inning belonged to Wil Crowe, and he would strikeout one batter. All-Star David Bednar collected his 16th save of the season after allowing one hit and striking out a batter. The Marlins used two pitchers to cover the final four innings, the two combined to allow two hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Anytime you see a relief pitcher starting a game, you tend to hold your breath. Tonight, however, the bullpen did a great job of holding the Miami offense in check, while the Pirates offense didn’t show much life. Diego Castillo was the only Bucco with more than one hit, collecting two on the night. Game three of this four game series will take place Wednesday night at 6:40pm.
Record vs. Marlins: 2-0
Record vs. N.L. East: 6-7
Record on the Road: 18-27
Overall Record: 38-50
Let’s Go Bucs!