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Skenes Solid Again, Bucs’ Bats Awake In Blowout Win Over Tigers

Less than an hour after getting blown out by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field againgot some revenge.  Their top prospect-turned-staff-ace continued his incredible start to his career, while the offense awoke as the Bucs beat the Tigers by a 10-2 score at Comerica Park.

Paul Skenes celebrated his 22nd birthday on the mound on Wednesday, improving to 2-0 on the season while giving up two runs on three hits with a walk and nine strikeouts in six innings.  The trio of Aroldis Chapman, Colin Holderman, and David Bednar each pitched a scoreless inning in relief, as Pittsburgh coasted to an easy victory, splitting the day’s doubleheader on the road.

Andrew McCutchen was the hitting star of the day, tallying three hits and four RBIs, including a three-run homerun to get the Bucs on the board early.  Nick Gonzales had three hits and two RBIs, while Connor Joe and Ji Hwan Bae had a pair of hits each as well.

Detroit scored the game’s first run in the second inning.  After issuing a walk and giving up a single, Skenes allowed a sacrifice fly to Akil Baddoo to score the game’s first run. 

McCutchen’s homerun in the third inning putting the Pirates on top and they really wouldn’t look back.  For Cutch, it was his eighth long ball of the season.  After a cold start to the season, he has been putting it all together at the plate the past few weeks.

Gonzales hit a solo homerun, his third of the season, in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 4-1.  A sacrifice fly by Jared Triolo scored Gonzales in the sixth to make it 5-1.

Skenes would allow his second run of the day with two outs in the sixth inning.  Red-hot Matt Vierling connected on a solo homerun, his seventh of the season, to cut the Bucs’ lead to 5-2.  One out later, Skenes would call it a day, delivering another quality start with a dominant outing on the mound.

After a pair of runs in the seventh off the bats of Bryan Reynolds (sac fly) and Joe (fielder’s choice), McCutchen delivered the final run of the game with a single in the eighth to complete the scoring.

This was a much-needed victory for the Pirates.  After the struggles of Jared Jones and the ineffective offense in the day’s first game, it was imperative for this team to come out turn things around…and that’s exactly what they did.  Skenes continues to check all of the boxes of a staff ace, and his confidence on the mound is only matched by his ability.

After a day off on Thursday, the Pirates will continue their road trip as they head up north for the start of their weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:07pm.

Record vs. Tigers: 2-2

Record vs. American League: 5-11

Record on the Road: 14-15

Overall Record: 26-30

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor