In a game that started very strong, the Buccos were torched for 11 runs in the loss today. Jameson Taillon was continuing his exciting 2017 campaign with a dazzling start. He pitched five innings today of scoreless ball when he found himself into trouble during the 6th. He gave up a leadoff single and then a walk to then allow a three run shot to Starlin Castro which would tie the score 3-3. Before being taken out of the game, he gave up his fifth hit of the game by giving up a double to Aaron Judge. Taillon’s final line would be 5.1 innings and four earned runs on five hits, three walks, one homer, and four strikeouts. He raised his season ERA to 2.13.
It was a solid start for Yankees starter Michael Pineda. He quickly allowed a home run to Andrew McCutchen in the 1st, and then gave up another solo shot to David Freese in the 4th. Later, he would give up a sac fly to Cutch. Pineda went 5 full innings today while allowing just three earned runs on five hits, two walks, two homers, and six strikeouts.
After Pineda left, Jonathan Holder gave up two more runs which would tie the game even at five. This would be the last time the Pirates would were within striking distance. With Felipe Rivero on the mound, Chris Carter would blow the lead open with a three run shot driving in Austin Romine and Ronal Torreyes.
The Pirates bullpen did a poor job keeping runs off of the board. Rivero would allow four runs, though none would be earned due to fielding errors by Adam Frazier and Andrew McCutchen. Juan Nicasio would allow a run in .1 innings of work, and Antonio Bastardo allowed two earned runs in just 1.1 innings. Bastardo now owns a 18.56 ERA this season.
There was some clutch hitting today from the Pirates. Cutch and Freese each hit a home run, while Adam Frazier went two for four with a walk. Cutch also netted his first stolen base of the 2017 season.
Today’s game marked the first the Pirates won’t be part of a sweep. Tomorrow, the Pirates take on the Yankees in the very first rubber match of the Pirates season. Ivan Nova will face his former team as Jordan Montgomery will make just his third major league start.