|Freeser reached twice (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Chad took offense at the HBP and whistled a pitch over CarGo's noggin, leading to a mound charge, a bench-emptying milling of players and warnings to both clubs. Gonzalez exacted his revenge with a knock; Cutch paid back Chad by robbing Marquez (holy cow, these free-swinging pitchers!) with a leaping two-out grab at the wall. The seventh went quietly for Pittsburgh. AJ Schugel took the bump and gave up a lead-off triple. He almost got away with it, but Ian Desmond rolled a ball through the right side with two outs to get the run home. Jake McGee took the ball in the eighth. A walk and single were promising; a J-Hay GIDP wasn't. Cutch walked, bringing in Greg Holland. J-Bell got good wood on the ball, but Charlie Blackmon made a running grab in RC to shut the door. Stephen Brault answered the phone. Maybe he shouldn't have; a walk, double and single dented him for a pair of Rox runs.
|Marte had a partay (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
The Pirates made some ninth inning noise after two walks and a knock loaded 'em up with one out. With two away, Marte's infield single plated a run and kept the Bucs on life support. J-Hay gave the first pitch a ride, but it went foul and Holland tucked him away. Well, a split at Coors when you're starting the back end of your rotation isn't a bad outcome; taking the series is the goal and we'll see how that works out tomorrow afternoon with Ivan Nova on the bump.
- Pittsburgh had six hits; Starling had three of them. Cutch and Freeser contributed a knock and walk.
- The Bucs were due; the loss snapped a six-game winning run. The big thing is that they've won four straight series, and taking a fifth tomorrow would make the opening set on the road trip a smashing success.