Freeser opened the second by dumping an 88 MPH fastball into the seats to draw first blood. An out later, the Pirates added when Starling singled, S-Rod got bopped with a pitch and Josh chased them home with a double. The third went without drama, with Gregory's knock the only action. In the fourth, the Buccos built on their cushion.
|JT was all that and a bag of chips v Seattle (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Starling bunted his way on and stole second, plating on S-Rod's two bagger off the RF wall. Two outs later, Jordy's roller to left made it 5-0. Taillon was still dealing, and was working on 10 consecutive Mariners set down. In the fifth, Pittsburgh put the game on ice against Donn Roach. Freeser blooped a single and JHK followed with another knock. Starling walked, and they all came home on S-Rod's first pitch double, drilled up the 3B line. An error left Buc on the corners with two gone, but Jordy couldn't cash in. Seattle finally got to JT when a lead-off double came home after a dying quail single, and that would be the day's final damage.
Nathan Karns came on in the sixth and struck out the side; JT fanned a pair (one an impressive whiff of Cruz, getting him on a pair on nasty sinkers after falling behind 3-1) and stranded a pair in what would be his last inning. The Buccos loaded the bases in the seventh thx to a booted DP ball, but Karns pumped third strikes past Erik Kratz and Jordy. AJ Schugel answered with a clean frame. David Rollins left a pair of Pirates aboard in the eighth while Neftali Feliz 1-2-3'ed the Mariners. Rollins and Tony Watson exchanged clean ninth innings, and the Pirates evened up their Coast road trip with an 8-1 win.
|Starling is banging the ball at a .331 clip after three knocks tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
JT did a good job locating rather than spraying his fastball and kept his sinker down in the zone to go with a nasty hammer. In his six IP, he gave up a run on six hits with six K and nary a walk after 95 pitches, a very nice outing after a couple of clinkers. The back end did what it does, and so a miserable June ended with a high note, with the Bucs rallying to take 4-of-6 in the last week. The Pirates are off today, then play in the California sun against the Oakland A's on Friday.
- Starling and S-Rod, batting 6-7, had themselves a day. They went 5-for-7 ensemble, with two walks and a HBP, five runs scored and four driven home. Freeser added a pair of knocks, runs and RBI.
- How to close out a game: AJ Schugel, Neftali Feliz & Tony Watson worked three perfect innings, using up just 28 pitches total.
- Even with tonight's loss, the Mariners are 9-3 in interleague games this season and have outscored NL opponents by +16 runs per ESPN Stats.
- Bob Walk added a little more fun to the night when he tumbled out of his seat during the Root broadcast, which was of course caught in film and replayed through the night.
- Pedro Alvarez was in the clubhouse tonight. No, the Bucs haven't brought him back; the O's were in town before their series tomorrow against Seattle, so Petey stopped by.
- The Pirates promoted Curve 1B/OF Jose Osuna to Indy per the Altoona Mirror's Cory Giger. Osuna's slashing .269/6/38, and can play the position, so it's a well deserved boot upstairs. We wonder if that means Josh Bell's arrival in Pittsburgh will be sooner rather than later...