Braves 6, Pirates 5

In one of the most bizarre games in recent years, the Pirates fell to the Braves following a three hour and 12 minute rain delay by the score of 6-5. Each team traded two runs in their half inning of the 9th inning.

Hours ago, Tyler Glasnow started the game for Pittsburgh. Despite his struggles this season, every start by Glasnow is must see television, and tonight’s game was no different. Glasnow put together a solid effort on the mound, and went three for three batting at the plate. Two of those were infield singles, where he used his speed to leg out a base hit on balls put in play where the short stop had a chance to throw him out. Throughout the night on the mound, Glasnow hit spots and worked efficiently with Francisco Cervelli to limit the Braves run scoring output. A few of the Braves hitters were able to get some good swings against Tyler Glasnow, but with only Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki doing damage, he was able to work through six innings efficiently. The Braves would not get on the board until the fourth inning, when Kurt Suzuki followed Matt Adams lead off double with an RBI single to cut the Pirates two to nothing lead in half. With the Pirates leading three to one in the sixth inning, Adams and Suzuki would have back to back hits again, but it would be Adams’ lead off home run that cut into the Pirates lead this time. Glasnow started the game by issuing a lead off walk to Ender Inciarte, but the only other walk he would issue, would come without him throwing a single pitch. With Clint Hurdle ejected to close out the top of the first inning, acting manager Tom Prince was the one who made the call for the Pirates to intentionally walk Dansby Swanson, to face R.A. Dickey with two outs and a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the second inning.

The Pirates got on the board in the first inning, just one play after McCutchen hit into the first of his two grounded into double plays on the night. Josh Bell doubled to the opposite field to drive in Adam Frazier from third base with two outs. The Pirates would get their second run in the third inning with two outs, when John Jaso singled into right field to drive in Josh Bell, who had walked earlier in the inning. Led by the offensive heroics of Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates would threaten to score again in the top of the fourth inning, but with the bases loaded and one out, Andrew McCutchen grounded into his second double play of the night.  Jordy Mercer led off the top of the fifth inning with his third home run of the season, to give the Pirates a three to one lead. Glasnow followed the home run, with his third hit of the night. Josh Harrison also collected his third hit of the night in that inning, but Josh Bell’s ground out ended the inning without the Pirates adding any further to their lead.

The rain started and the tarp was put on the field following a double play ball off the bat of Dansby Swanson to end the bottom of the sixth inning. Glasnow finished the night throwing 91 pitches in six innings, with nine hits allowed, two walks and four strikeouts. With the loss, the Pirates fall to 20-26 on the season, while the Braves improve to 20-23.

Tune in Wednesday night to watch Trevor Williams (2-3, 6.04 ERA) in his fourth start in place of Jameson Taillon, as he takes the mound against Julio Teheran (3-4, 5.47 ERA) and the Braves.

Josh Ruga

My name is Joshua Ruga and I am from a small town in South Jersey. I grew up in the area and went to Buena Regional high school before attending Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey where I received my undergrad degree. I graduated from Rowan University in 2012, with a degree in Communication Studies. I am a huge baseball fan who recently decided to start writing about this topic that I am so passionate about. My favorite Pirates memory comes from the 2010 season. Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run walk off homerun against Huston Street, then of the Colorado Rockies. This happened in extra innings with the Pirates down 7-5 before the swing of the bat. In my mind, it signaled the consecutive losing seasons streak for the Pirates ending. The Pirates would go on to have two more losing seasons following 2010, but behind the efforts of young players like Pedro Alvarez, they were in the pennant race throughout the summer months of both 2011 and 2012.

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