Friday night the Pittsburgh Pirates got back to .500 on the season
The Pittsburgh Pirates are now 58 58 this season. They started their
three game series in Toronto with a 4 2 victory over the Blue Jays on
Friday night. With the win, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now 2.5 games out
of first place in the National League Central pending the outcome of
tonight’s game between the Cubs and Diamondbacks.
In Friday night’s game the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed a lead in the 3rd inning and never looked back. Unfortunately http://www.piratesfanaticsjersey.com/jonathon-niese-jersey-c-9.html
it was not all good on Friday night. Andrew McCutchen exited the game
with a knee injury that would be described as ‘patella femoral
discomfort’ in the 3rd inning.
Friday night’s game featured what was expected to be a great
pitching matchup between Marcus Stroman and Jameson Taillon. The two
young right handed studs would not disappoint fans on Friday night.
Toronto scored first in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Blue Jays
would load the bases, but Jameson Taillon would do a nice job of
After the Blue Jays loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk Jung Ho Kang Jersey
Kevin Pillar hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1 0 Toronto. Taillon then
struck out Rob Refsnyder to end the inning, holding the Blue Jays to
just a single run in the inning.
In the top of the 3rd inning the Pirates would quickly get that run back.
John Jaso was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the inning. Then,
Francisco Cervelli reached on an error by Refsnyder. On the error, Jaso
advanced to third base. With runners on the corners and no one out Adam
Frazier grounded out to third baseman Josh Donaldson.
At first, it appeared Donaldson made a great play to get Cervelli
out at second base. However, after a challenge by acting manager Tom
Prince, the play was overturned. This play tied the score at 1 and gave
the Pirates runners on first and second. It also gave the Blue Jays
their second error of the inning.
Josh Harrison would then collect a base hit. This scored Cervelli,
put runners on the corners, and gave the Pirates a 2 1 lead. Andrew
McCutchen then drove a pitch to center field that went off the glove of a
diving Kevin Pillar. This scored Frazier, gave the Pirates a 3 1 lead,
and put runners on second and third. A sacrifice fly by Josh Bell then
made the score 4 1.
While the Pirates collected 4 runs and ran Marcus Stroman’s pitch
count up over 50 , the top of the 3rd inning was not all good. While
leading off second base, McCutchen grabbed his knee and then left the
with a limp. Starling Marte took over for McCutchen in center field.
Ex Pirate Jose Bautista then led off the bottom of the 3rd inning
with his 20th home run of the season. This cut the Pirate lead to 4 2
after 3 innings of play.
Jameson Taillon would then cruise through the next 3 innings. He
would retire the Blue Jays in order in each of these innings, while also
recording 4 strikeouts.
Outside of the 3rd inning, which was not completely his making,
Marcus Stroman was excellent on Friday night. He allowed just 3 hits, he
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, and he struck out 4 in 7 innings of work. All 4 runs allowed by Stroman were unearned.
Taillon ran into trouble in the bottom of the 7th inning. Ezequiel
Carrera doubled to start the inning and Ryan Goins reached on a ground
ball hit to center field. With runners on the corners and no one out
Taillon was lifted for George Kontos.
Kontos got Kevin Pillar to pop out to shortstop Jordy Mercer for the
first out of the inning. Kontos then struck out Rob Refsnyder for the
second out of the inning. Jose Bautista then grounded out to shortstop
to end the inning. This was absolutely excellent work by Kontos, who has
quickly become a vital part of the Pirate bullpen.
In his return to his native Canada, Jameson Taillon pitched a fine
game on Friday night. He held the Blue Jays to 2 runs on 6 hits, a walk,
and 7 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched. This gives Taillon back to back
strong starts after back to back disasters.
With the Pirates leading 4 2, Juan Nicasio was called upon to pitch
the bottom of the 8th inning. Nicasio would work around a Justin Smoak
single to post a zero and keep the score at 4 2 Pirates after 8 innings
After the Pirates were retired in the top of the 9th inning, Felipe
Rivero entered the game in the inning’s bottom half. Rivero would need
just 12 pitches to retire the Blue Jays, and close out a 4 2 Pirate