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The Pirates Walk It Off Again Over Royals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing quality baseball in the month of September and that would continue tonight against the Kansas City Royals.  They would take a great pitching performance from Jameson Taillon and a walk off single from the fourth string catcher tonight to defeat Kansas City 2-1 in eleven innings.

Taillon would record a career high eleven strikeouts tonight during his seven innings on the mound to go with one walk and four hits.  He was replaced by Richard Rodriguez in the eighth who would strikeout three and walk one during the inning.  Felipe Vazquez would be tagged for a run in the ninth and record his fifth blown save on the season.  Edgar Santana pitched a scoreless tenth, before giving way to Kyle Crick in the eleventh.

There wasn’t much offense tonight from the Pirates and that was because Royals starter Eric Skoglund would pitch six shutout innings.  In the seventh pinch hitter Colin Moran would hit a solo home run off of relief pitch Brandon Maurer to give the Buccos a one run lead.  That lead would vanish in the ninth when Hunter Dozier hit an RBI double to left.

Pittsburgh would load the bases in the eleventh inning, giving them a great opportunity to pick up a win.  With a deep bench in September because of the expanded roster, Clint Hurdle had a few choices as to who would hit in this situation.  He chose Ryan Lavarnway, who spent most of the year in AAA and was making his second plate appearance of the season.  Lavarnway would smash a 2-1 pitch into center to score the game winning run.

This was another fun night of baseball for the Pirates and even though the offense didn’t do much, they got some quality at bats from two guys who weren’t in the starting lineup, along with some defensive gems from younger players.  These two teams will meet up one more time tomorrow night to close out this three-game series.  Chris Archer will throw for the Buccos, while Kansas City will counter with Heath Fillmyer.  Game time is 7:05pm.

Record vs. Royals:  2-0

Record vs. American League:  14-5

Record at Home:  42-34

Overall Record:  76-74



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