The Bucs played as a team tonight to lead them to this nice win to take three-out-of-four from the Phillies. Even though many strange played happened, the team found a way to get the job done. Elias Diaz tried to pick off Andrew Knapp, but Josh Bell did not see the throw and it flew into right field causing Knapp to score. Also, Jose Osuna recorded three outfield assists throwing out runners trying to extend a single into a double. A crazy game that resulted in a Pirate win.
The offense showed up Thursday night. Bell hit a two-run homer scoring Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco hit a solo homer both in the 4th inning. Cutch recorded three hits and Polanco racked up four. Chad Kuhl pitched the longest game of his career in this one and pitched well. He went seven innings giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits walking three batters and striking out three as well.
The Phillies could not find the right chemistry at key times in this game. They again jumped out to an early lead and blew it. Aaron Altherr delivered a 2RBI single in the 7th off Chad Kuhl to tie the game. The bullpen gave up three more runs in the innings that followed. Jeremy Hellickson started and gave up three runs, five hits, walked none, striking out four batters in six innings. Joaquín Benoit gave up the three extra runs in the 8th.
The Pirates travel to Chicago to play the Cubs at Wrigley Field at 2:20P.M.. Eddie Butler will start for the Cubs against Trevor Williams for the Bucs.