The Pirates came out of the game strong in this one and blew the doors off of the hinges. Juan Nicasio threw six fairly effective innings and the Buccos drove in 9 runs with 24 baserunners. Pittsburgh came out victorious in today’s contest by a score of 9-3.
It was stated the the game could go either way since the Pirates never faced Zach Davies before. Well, unlike when they faced Melville earlier in the season, today went well for the Bucco’s offense. They ran Davies pitch count up to 69 in just 2.1 innings before he was pulled. In that stretch, they already scored 6 runs and and didn’t turn back.
The game broke wide open in the 3rd inning as Pittsburgh was singling time after time scoring runs in. In all, they would score 5 run that inning. Milwaukee’s defense did help contribute to that. Though only one was considered an error, baseballs were getting by defenders the entire inning. It was one the Brew Crew would love to have back.
Juan Nicasio looked dominant throwing three perfect innings, but then found himself struggling in the 4th. There, he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. He later settled down and pithed effectively through the 6th. Arquimedes Caminero, Neftali Feliz, and Rob Scahill would finish out the game holding Milwaukee scoreless.
It was pretty incredible seeing the offense play today. Not one person can be specified as the difference maker as every starter and two bench players collected at least a hit. John Jaso, who had another magnificent day in the field, had two hits and a walk. Matt Joyce and Gregory Polanco were able to both collect three hits and a walk, while Josh Harrison was the other Pirate who also had a multi hit game. We also see the return of Andrew McCutchen. In the bottom of the 5th, Cutch hit another towering home run to give him his second in as many games.
The play of this team hasn’t changed by much, which tells you there is a lot of good things this team can do. They have been leading the majors in almost every category this year except for runs. In games that they figure it out, they can show you just how lethal they will be this season. To boot, they are doing all of this without their international superstar, Jung Ho Kang.
Tomorrow gives the Pirates an off day, and a day to recollect and continue to come out strong on the scoreboard. They will come together in San Diego to take on the Padres. For the season, San Diego has found themselves in a heap of trouble as they are currently 4-8. They are ranked #18 in runs scored and #20 in team ERA.