Pirates 3, Phillies 0

Game two of the Pirates four-game series in Philadelphia, was a pitching duel throughout the early parts of the ballgame. Jameson Taillon delivered for the Pirates on a very hot fourth of July in Philadelphia. Even though he only pitched five innings in the ballgame, making huge pitches in key situations to keep the Phillies off the scoreboard, provided a solid foundation for what would ultimately result in a strong win for the Pirates. The Phillies put together their biggest threat against Taillon in the fourth inning, when a lead off error made by Josh Harrison allowed Nick Williams to reach safely. Odubel Herrera followed that two batters later, with a single to right field to put runners on the corners. Taillon would strike out catcher Andrew Knapp and pitcher Mark Leiter to end the Phillies threat without a run crossing the plate. Taillon finished the day with another good inning in the fifth, to give him a scoreless outing with four hits allowed, two walks and nine strikeouts. This would be good enough to earn Taillon his fifth win of the season, as the Pirates bullpen closed out a close game for the win.

The Pirates got their first run of the day in the top of the third inning, when Adam Frazier drew a one out walk and Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch in the next at bat. Andrew McCutchen hit a hard single to left field to load the bases for John Jaso. Jaso would hit a sacrifice fly to get the Pirates on the board, but the final result of the play was a double play that nabbed Josh Harrison trying to take third on the throw from the outfield. The Pirates would remain deadlocked in a one to nothing ballgame until the top of the sixth inning, when Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter threw back to back pitches up near the head of Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen responded by lining a 2-0 fastball into the left field seats, to give the Pirates an insurance run. After Juan Nicasio came on in the bottom of the seventh inning to clean up a mess inherited from Tony Watson, Andrew McCutchen would add more insurance for the Pirates with his second solo home run of the day. This time it was hit off Phillies relief pitcher Ricardo Pinto. Three runs was all the Pirates would need in the ballgame, as Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero combined to lock down the late innings in a shut out win for the Pirates.

The win broke a four game losing streak for the Pirates, as they improved their record to 38-46 on the season. With the loss, the Philadelphia Phillies dropped to 28-54 on the season. Tune in tomorrow night for game 3 of the Pirates four game set in Philadelphia, as Gerrit Cole takes the mound looking for a bounce back outing, against Ben Lively and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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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