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Pirates Win Series Over Nationals

After a one-hour rain delay the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals took the field for the finale of their three-game series.  Each team was looking for a series win after splitting the first two games and Pittsburgh would be heading home happy after winning today by the final of 7-4.

The Pirates struck early with four runs in the first inning.  Jack Suwinski drove in Oneil Cruz on a sac fly to get things started.  With the bases loaded Rowdy Tellez would drive home a pair of runs with a single to center.  Connor Joe scored the fourth run when he scored on a Henry Davis sac fly.  Pittsburgh added a fifth run in the second when Michael A. Taylor came home on a Bryan Reynolds single to center.

Washington scored their first run of the evening in the bottom of the second on a Jesse Winker RBI single to right center.  Joe was able to put two more runs on the board when he homered to left center in the fifth.  The Nationals would get a solo home run from CJ Abrams in the fifth to cut the lead to five.  Washington would cut that lead to three in the eighth by adding two more runs, but could not get any closer.

Pirates starter, and birthday boy, Martin Perez collected his first win of the year after going 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.  Luis L. Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Aroldis Chapman struck out the only batter he faced to end the eighth, before David Bednar picked up his first save of the year striking out two batters in the ninth.

Josiah Gray started for Washington pitching 4.1 innings.  He was roughed up during his time on the mound giving up six runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.  Derek Law, Matt Barnes, Tanner Rainey, and Dylan Floro combined to cover the remaining 4.2 innings.  In total they would allow one run on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

It was good to see Pittsburgh bounce back from their first loss of the season and take their second series win of the year.  They will now head home to begin the home portion of their schedule on Friday afternoon.  They will be facing the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game series that will feature two young teams with loads of talent.  Game one will begin at 4:12pm with Jared Jones facing off against Grayson Rodriguez.

Record vs. Nationals:  2-1

Record vs. N.L East:  6-1

Record on the Road:  6-1

Overall Record:  6-1

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.