|Brian Giles? The Cobra? Pops? Nah, just lil' ol' J-Bell. (photo MLBPipeline)|
With a runner on second and two outs, four singles and a four-pitch walk cut the Pirates lead in half, to 8-4, and brought in Geoff Hartlieb. He walked a guy, tossed a wild pitch and gave up a knock to make it 8-6 before the flames were doused. Mike Dunn took the ball for the Rockies. Fraze singled, then Starling bounced into the Bucs third DP of the afternoon, making for a calm inning. Kyle Crick got the ball for the seventh and gave up a bunt single, followed by a grounder into left. A comebacker was turned into a big DP (lots of them today) and a whiff put up another goose egg. J-Bell got Big Mo to wink at the Bucs by leading off with a dinger into the bullpen off Carlos Estevez, with the crowd chanting "MVP" before and after the blow. Colin legged out a hustle double an out later, and it kept going. Eli walked and with two away, Bryan Reynolds went yard to restore some deep breathing room. An error and a Starling blast made it a 14-6 romp again before Jake McGee took the ball to get the final out. Frankie got a pair of K in a clean eighth. Yency Almonte matched him. Montana DuRapau got back on the bike for the ninth (how often does the guy who started yesterday's game get to finish today's?) and was touched for a two-out rap but flipped another zero at the Rox. Raise the Roger.
- J-Bell and Redbeard led the hit parade with three knocks; Bell, Starling, Bryan Reynolds and Gregory homered. Five different Pirates had two RBI; Marte & Bell scored three times; Eli and Colin twice.
- Today, the Bucs hit the daily double -14 runs is their highest offensive output of the year, and eight runs is the largest margin of victory.
- Josh Bell has played in all 47 games, but the next two might surprise ya - Melky has been in 45, then Redbeard at 44. Fraze at 43 is next on the ironman list.
- Jordan Lyles had retired 14 straight batters before his sixth-inning collapse.
- There were 15,490 ticket holders for today's game.