This was a crazy game that seemed to never want to end. The teams combined for 43 players played, 35 hits, 16 walks, 15 pitchers, and 510 pitches thrown. Fortunately for Pirates Nation, the Bucco’s prevailed to a score of 12-10.
Today’s game started off rather shaky. Liriano gave up a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt, though it was a fairly good pitch. In the third, Jason Rogers would triple in David Freese and Starling Marte, and then score off of a Sean Rodriguez RBI single.
Arizona then reclaimed the lead with Welington Castillo‘s third homer of the series, making the score 4-3. Pittsburgh wasn’t having it with the Diamondbacks and broke the game open in the 4th. Starling Marte started off the scoring with an RBI single. John Jaso would follow with a dribbler down the first base line, which Goldschmidt would overthrow to home and score Andrew McCutchen. Gregory Polanco and Chris Stewart would then each drive in runs on singles. Pittsburgh would end the 4th inning with a 8-4 lead.
From this point on it was to be easy coasting with the Pirates bullpen sealing the victory. Everyone knew better than that though, and Arizona came back to tie it. Vogelsong came in for relief and gave up 2 runs in one inning. Watson did his job in bringing the gap to Melancon with a scoreless inning. However, Mark Melancon provided his first bad outing of the year when he provided Paul Goldschmidt’s second home run of the game which forced the game into extra innings.
It took eight innings, but Pittsburgh found themselves getting back in the scoring column with a David Freese RBI double, his third of the game. Marte would then single in Freese, but get called out on second trying to stretch it into a double. The 2 run lead still was not safe AGAIN as Arizona found a way to tie the game up for the second time tonight.
The very next inning, Sean Rodriguez doubled in Josh Harrison. Pinch hitter, Jon Niese would show off his hand and eye coordination by hitting an RBI single to the left fielder, Shelby Miller. That is not an error, Shelby Miller was forced to play the field when Nick Ahmed was ejected for arguing a strike three call. Finally, with the help of Arquimedes Caminero‘s 100 MPH arm, the Pirates would shut down the Diamondbacks and raise the jolly roger!
Tonight’s game was surely a doozie. Marte lead all batters with hits (4) and Goldschmidt and Castillo lead all batters in RBI’s (3). After tonights game, Pittsburgh now has each everyday player, besides Andrew McCutchen, batting .300 or higher. Even their bench has a solid batting average. With 12 runs on the board, they found ways to score tonight.
The pitching on the other hand, well it’s been bad. Liriano started the game and looked very good. Other than a few pitches that were launched by one of the games greats, Paul Goldschmidt, he was looking very vintage Liriano like. He did last 6 innings, striking out six while walking just three. The bullpen gave up multiple leads throughout the contest and gave up a total of 6 runs. With the bullpen depleted right now, it is safe to say there will be a move or two made to call up some arms in Indy. The North Shore Nine will have all of those moves covered when they happen.
Tomorrow they continue their West Coast trip in the Rocky Mountains. They will face the Colorado Rockies at Coors field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM when Jeff Locke will face Chad Bettis on the mound. Locke currently is 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA while Bettis is 2-0 with a 3.33 ERA.