Pirates Morning Report: Working Overtime For The Win

Final Score: Pirates 6 Cardinals 3 in 10 innings.

Why The Pirates Won: The Pirate bats came alive with 10 hits, including 2 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs. They hit a dry spell in the middle of the game where they did not get a hit for 3+ innings. They perked up at the end picking up a run in the 8th with 2 out and scoring 3 in the top of the 10th when Andrew McCutchen led off the 10th with a home run to score 2 runs. They added another run on a Conner Joe triple and a Rodolfo Castro single. Castro had a big game going 3 for 5 with 2 RBI’s. Roansy Contreras pitched a nice 6 innings after getting off to a bad luck shaky start giving up 2 runs in the first inning. He then, shut the Cardinals down the rest of the way, giving up only 3 hits in the next 5 innings. For the game he had 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. It was a good enough bounce back start for the young right hander.

The Key Moment Of The Game: The bullpen took over the game in the bottom of the 7th and almost blew it. Rob Zastryzny started out the inning by giving up a walk and a single, getting one out on sacrifice bunt. Zastryzny walked another batter to load the bases and was pulled, to be replace by Robert Stephenson. He struck out the first batter he faced, but then walked in the go ahead run. The inning ended on a nice play by Ke’Bryan Hayes to get a force at 2nd. Even though the Cardinals managed to take the lead, it could have been a lot worse. The rest of the game the bullpen was solid, and the Pirates improved to 9-6.

Next Game: This afternoon, Cardinals, in St Louis. Mitch Keller gets the start today as the Pirates try to take 3 out of 4 from the Cardinals. Tucupita Marcano joined the team yesterday as Ji Man Choi’s not too serious injury put him on the IL. I’m telling you he won’t be back until July 4th. Marcano was red hot down in AAA but it will be interesting to see if he can continue this at the Major League level. So far, he has not been able to do so. He is a great fielder, if he can only learn to hit.

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