The Bucs continue to prove that pitching drives the team in a 5-2 victory in Philadelphia. Gerrit Cole pitched tonight in a bounce back start for the Pirates ace. The team overmatched the Phillies today on all aspects of the game. Hitting, pitching and fielding all performed well even though one error was committed. All-Star Josh Harrison made a nice defense play to show why he was worthy of making the team. Those three aspects of a baseball game are the way you win or lose every day.
The Bucs bats showed up in this one. Harrison, John Jaso, Josh Bell, David Freese and Gregory Polanco all collected a hit apiece. Cole delivered a two-RBI single with the bases loaded in the 4th inning to help himself to a win with great run support. Jordy Mercer collected two hits and drove in a run along with Bell and Freese. Cole pitched six innings giving up seven hits and two runs while walking one and striking out eight. The team collected eight hits on their way to the win.
The Phillies offense could not get anything going after the 1st inning. Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer scoring Daniel Nava. Nava collected three hits and Odúbel Herrera added two. Ben Lively pitched four innings giving up five hits along with four runs (two earned) one walk and four strikeouts. For the Pirates, Felipe Rivero picked up the save on his 26th birthday.