|Trevor couldn't find the strike zone today (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Trevo began with a HBP, then a bloop that should have been caught dropped when Gregory's knee folded under him as he charged in; he had to leave the game. Oy vey, Buc outfield! And oy vey Trevo; another walk loaded 'em and a grounder scored two more Jays; again it was a potential inning-ending DP ball but Fraze threw away the relay on the turn. The Pirates got a walk and knock to chase Rowley in the sixth but Dominic Leone watered down the glowing embers. Trevo gave up a two-out knock that ended up moot. JJ drilled a one-out two-bagger in the seventh that led to nothing. Joaquin Benoit came in and gave up a pair of one-out singles; the inning fell apart when a bleeder to third was thrown away by J-Hay, allowing two runs to score and leaving a runner on third where a sac fly brought him home. Aaron Loup stranded a pair of Pirates in the eighth with help from Ryan Tepera, who got the last out; AJ Schugel gave up a knock in an otherwise calm frame. Jordy homered of Leonel Campos as a last hurrah in the ninth.
Young Rowley stayed out of the strike zone and the Pirates played his game, fishing instead of showing some patience. Trevor hurt himself with some uncharacteristic control issues aggravated by poor leatherwork. The Bucs were also hurt by their insistence of throwing Fraze in at second with J-Hay and S-Rod both available; the guy can rake but his future is in the OF and they have to know that by now. Still, the series is split, so tomorrow's game will judge if the trip to the Great North was a success or not.
|Josh keeps ringing the bell (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
- J-Bell had two hits and a walk; Jordy added a pair of raps. Starling and Freeser chipped in with a knock and walk each.
- Gregory's injury is to his hammy again; no word yet on the severity.
- Felipe Rivero has not allowed hit to LH batter in 36 ABs. Per Elias, that's longest streak since Tampa Bay's Brad Boxberger served 43 straight hitless ABs to lefties in 2014. Although a RHP, LHBs hit .107 against him that season.
- At 230 pounds, Josh Bell leads the team in triples with five.
- IF Phil Gosselin was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. His role as a multi-purpose IF replacement was hurt by bad stickwork (.150) and inability to play short; S-Rod made him redundant.