It was a rough outing for the Pirates as they dropped the first game of the series tonight. The team only collected three hits for the evening and had a span of 26 batters at the plate go without a hit.
The game started with Trevor Williams on the mound and got off to a promising start. Williams pitched 5.2 innings today while allowing just four hits and two walks. Most of his damage was done in the 6th inning just before he got pulled. He gave up three earned runs while also striking out no batters tonight.
Everybody not named Josh went hitless today while the Josh’s collected all three. Josh Harrison got his hit in the very first Pirates at bat as he lined a single to Odubel Herrera. Josh Bell immediately hit a double to drive in Harrison on the second Pirates at bat. He later hit a grounder up the middle for a single in the 9th off of Hector Neris. Bell’s two hits tonight increased his hit streak to seven games now. In that span, he has hit four home runs and three doubles.
The Pirates were baffled all night by the Phillies pitchers. Jeremy Hellickson, who came into this game with a 5.65 FIP, cruised along for six innings to pick up his surprisingly fifth win this season. With just allowing two runs (one earned) he reduced his ERA to a 3.44. The combination of Pat Neshak, Joaquin Benoit, and Hector Neris, went three innings of one hit baseball. In total, the Phillies only gave up three hits and one walk while striking out just three batters.
The bullpen was quite the opposite for the Pirates. Josh Lindblom came in for 2.1 innings of relief and gave up a run while Tony Watson entered in the 9th to give up a three run shot to Cameron Rupp. Though Watson has not looked sharp this season, his ERA only increased to a 3.06.
Tomorrow the series will continue in PNC Park as these two teams will face off at 4:05PM. Vincent Velasquez will go against Ivan Nova.