|Trevor caught his breath and then tossed a nice game (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
J-Hay opened the fifth with a first-pitch two-bagger and went to third on an outfield bobble. Cutch doubled into the LF corner to chase him home but was iced at third thanks to Ahmed's sweet play on J-Bell to end the inning. Two grounders and a loud fly tucked away Arizona. Amore opened the sixth with a knock. A bouncer moved him up and JJ, pinch-hitting for Trevor, singled him home, then swiped second. A wild pitch advanced him a notch, but J-Hay couldn't cash jaso in. Juan Nicasio toed the rubber after Trevor gave up a run on four hits and a walk with four K on 77 pitches. The Snakes went down 1-2-3, on a liner, walk, liner DP. Tom Wilhelmsen took the ball in the seventh and tossed a clean frame.
In a bit of a surprise, Jose Osuna took over at first for J-Bell; not sure about that move as Bell is the only Pirate 1B with a positive (albeit 1.0) DRS. The Snakes opened with a knock and then got a one-out infield rap on a play where Juan fail to cover first to put Snakes on the corners. In came Felipe Rivero, with Gift going to second and J-Hay to third. Felipe was hit triple digits to go with an 88-89 MPH change and got a pair of soft foul-outs to turn on the red light. Andrew Chafin put up a zippo in the eighth. Rivero tried to crank a 100 MPH horsehide past Paul Goldschmidt and lost as Goldy knocked it into the RF seats to make it 4-2. Rivero then K'ed the next pair to carry it into the ninth. Randall Delgado was nicked for a knock and Tony Watson took the ball. gift made a nice play to get the first out, but there was no defending Ahmed's second homer. An out later, he walked Daniel Descalso who was batting .161. AJ Pollack popped up a 3-2 delivery, and the fat lady finally entered the stage.
|Tony loves him some drama (image Positively Pittsburgh)|
Trevor got off to another shaky start, but he righted the ship this time out. The losing streak ended at six thanks to the weekend/four run combo and no thanks to the 2-for-14 RISP performance. Ivan Nova hits the hill tomorrow; it would be nice to end this trip with a series split.
- J-Hay had two hits and J-Bell had a knock (a long one) and a walk. Jordy was on three times via free passes, two intentional.
- Felipe Rivero had gone 15 IP w/o giving up a run before Goldschmidt's dinger. It was the second run he's surrendered in 20 outings this season.
|Felipe has been all that this year (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- John Jaso stole his first base since August 8th, 2015.
- After giving up a homer and double in the second, Trevor Williams put together a string of 12 straight outs.
- Chris Iannetta took several stitches in his upper lip to go with a broken nose and fractured teeth. He's still being evaluated, presumably for a concussion. Chris and Johnny Barbato, who beaned him, have exchanged texts already to mend fences. Judging by tonight, both clubs have moved on.