The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to bounce back from a series opening loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. While that game featured plenty of runs, Saturday afternoons tilt was a pitchers’ duel. Though Arizona took the lead in the sixth, Pittsburgh would battle back in the ninth to even this series with a 2-1 victory.
The Pirates sent rookie Roansy Contreras to the bump for the start and he was phenomenal during his 5.2 innings of work. He would allow one unearned run, to go with four hits, eight strikeouts and just two walks. That lone run was scored in the sixth when Ketel Marte scored on a wild pitch. The reason it was unearned was because of a throwing error made by, you guessed it, Rodolfo Castro earlier in the inning.
Diamondbacks starter Zach Davies was lights out during his 7.2 innings of work today. Davies struck out six, walked two, and allowed just three hits. He was followed by Ian Kennedy, who struck out Ke’Bryan Hayes with the bases loaded in the eighth to maintain their one run lead.
Pittsburgh would use three pitchers out of the bullpen and all three did a great job at keeping the deficit to just one run. Duane Underwood Jr. struck out one batter, while pitching 1.1 innings. Wil Crowe walked a batter and struck out two during the eighth inning. Chris Stratton worked the ninth, and like the two pitchers before him, did not allow a hit.
To the bottom of the ninth we would go, and Arizona would turn to former Bucco Mark Melancon to close out this game. The inning started with a lead off single by Bryan Reynolds. Up next would-be Jack Suwinski. Suwinski entered this at bat 0-3 on the day, but after working the count to 3-2 he would send a pitch over the Clemente Wall to Raise the Jolly Roger!
While it would have been great to score more runs for Contreras during his time on the mound, it was great to see this young Pirates team battle until the end and get the win. The only downside to this game was Castro, who along with the error, didn’t run out a pop-up hit to first which allowed the Diamondbacks to turn a double play. These two teams will decide this series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm.
Record vs. Diamondbacks: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 10-7
Record at Home: 12-15
Overall Record: 23-28
Let’s Go Bucs!