|The 1-2 punch: Cole Train and... (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
After some changes in the seventh (Danny Ortiz went to right, JJ to 1B and J-Bell to the pine; why, Clint, why?), Cole Train lost some steam. A single came home following a two-out double, and not by much as Gift double-clutched a strong relay by Danny Ortiz to allow the run to sneak in. Ollie Perez came on to face lefties Fraze and JJ; he gave up a knock and a walk. Matt Albers took the ball and Cutch went the opposite way on him, chasing home a pair - and it's a rare day when you see Jaso score from first on a single. He was nearly in Fraze's back pocket by the time they reached the dish. An Andrew swipe, grounder and walk put Pirates on the corners with an out; Cervy's sac fly plated one more tally to make it 6-1.
|...Josh Bell (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Felipe Rivero took the hill in the eighth against his old mates and sent them back into the field after eight pitches. Matt Grace came on and put up a zippo, surviving a leadoff two-base error. Juan Nicasio got ahead of Jayson Werth 0-2 and then lost him. But he got Bryce Harper & Ryan Zimmerman on a pair of loud outs and Daniel Murphy on a fly to raise the Jolly Roger. Gerrit Cole went seven IP, giving up a run on three hits, two walks and three K on 98 pitches against the league's top hammers and made a pretty good argument that he's ace stuff this season. The Bucs eventually took advantage of a sixth starter and then a suspect bullpen. So the series is even; we'll see if Tyler Glasnow has a bounce-back in him tomorrow.
- Cutch had his first multi-hit game since April 28th and stole a pair of bases for the first time since 2014. Fraze also had a pair of hits, JJ walked three times and Fran twice.
- Tonight was only the second time the Nats were held to a run this season and three hits is the season low for DC.
- The crowd was counted at 18,803 tonight.
- Jameson Taillon's biopsy was positive for testicular cancer. The docs cleared JT to begin light physical activities and will reexamine him next week to make sure he's cancer-clean and come up with a more detailed rehab program.
- Max Moroff and Eric Wood each banged two home runs tonight in an 8-4 Indy win.
- Ex-Bucco Alex Presley hit for the cycle tonight for the Toledo Mud Hens, Detroit's AAA club.