Pirates 8, Cubs 7

After what many people probably believed was going to be a lost game, the Pirates fought back to earn their 5th win of the season by a score of 8-7.

Tyler Glasnow got the start today and it was not pretty by any means. After allowing five earned runs in 1.2 innings his last start he began this game game by allowing four runs (three earned) in his first inning of work. The rest of the day would go smoother. He allowed two more runs (one earned), two hits, two walks, and struck out five batters. Glasnow’s final stat line was six runs (four earned), six hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts in five innings. He also needed to throw 99 pitches to get through five.

With the Cubs taking a considerably large lead early in the game, Pittsburgh was able to scrap a few runs in the third. Francisco Cervelli blasted a 392 foot homer to give him his second on the year. In that same innings, Starling Marte singled in Adam Frazier who tripled the prior at bat. These two runs cut the deficit to 4-2.

Addison Russell gave the four run lead back in the third, but this Pirates team still wasn’t taking the hint. Marte blasted a solo shot into left center in the 6th inning, his second of the year. Now with the Cubs lead by three runs, Pittsburgh made a big inning out of the 7th. Josh Harrison got in the home run action by taking Pedro Strop yard. His blast went 403 feet. With Adam Frazier driving in Alen Hanson, Starling Marte got on by way of a walk. This left two men on with two out while the Pirates were down by just two. Andrew McCutchen came to the plate and delivered with a three run shot to left field that gave the Pirates the lead that would eventually seal the deal.

In spite of the early deficit, Pittsburgh strung together some good innings of offense today and broke out in a much needed manner. After only hitting five home runs in their previous 10 games, they hit a total of four today. Adam Frazier and Starling Marte each had multiple hits, while Marte and Cutch had multiple RBI’s.

Jake Arrieta would be taken out of the game in the fifth to give him a final stat line of three earned runs on five hits, one walk, two homers, and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings. As we stated in our season preview, it almost seems as if the Pirates have really got Arrieta’s number lately. Dating back to last season, Arrieta now has a 4.91 ERA and a FIP of 4.25 against the Buccos in 44 innings. He didn’t look necessarily sharp in this game, though, and his velocity was sitting around 91 MPH.

Unlike Chicago’s, the Pirates bullpen was strong today providing four innings and allowing just one run on a Kris Bryant solo shot in the 9th off of Tony Watson. Trevor Williams struck out two batters in his inning of work and has looked pretty strong pitching out of the bullpen this year. He now has eight strikeouts in five innings while not giving up a walk. Daniel Hudson also pitched a clean inning while striking out one batter. Tony Watson earned his 4th save of the season, though he did allow his first run of the year.

Pittsburgh will face the Cubs again tomorrow at 2:20 PM. The Easter Day matchup is scheduled to be between Jameson Taillon and Jon Lester.

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