Pirates Walkoff D-Backs on Memorial Day

Andrew McCutchen hit a walkoff home run above the Clemente Wall for a 4-3 victory on Memorial Day in the series opener.

Archie Bradley‘s 1-1 pitch to McCutchen was blasted opposite field for the game-winning home run in the first batter in the bottom of the ninth. The Bucs took a 3-1 lead into the ninth, but Tony Watson surrendered a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta to tie the game. The blown save set the stage right away for Cutch’s walkoff home run.

Trevor Williams started the game and did a terrific job against a difficult lineup. Williams tossed six innings, allowing just one run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Williams recorded six groundball outs as well.

One concerning development from this game was Gregory Polanco‘s injury that he suffered in the 6th inning while trying to track down a foul ball. His right foot stuck into the green cushioned wall down the right field line and appeared to twist as he went down in pain. Here’s hoping for the best, but it did not look promising. Polanco just returned from the DL as well and was heating up with two home runs in three games. Jose Osuna replaced Polanco in right field and went 2-for-2 with a double.

Jordy Mercer stayed hot with three hits, including his first triple of 2017. Chris Stewart recorded two RBIs in his start Monday to give Cervelli a day off.

The Bucs and Diamondbacks will play game two of the series Tuesday night when Ivan Nova goes opposite of Arizona southpaw Robbie Ray. First pitch is set for 7:05PM.

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