Pirates take three of four against Marlins. What’s next?


Roster Moves


It was anything but a leisurely Sunday for the Pittsburgh Pirates. While many likely filed out of church and were anticipating a nice brunch, the Bucs were making a series of roster moves.


Pitcher Austin Davis was activated from the IL and looks to take the bump for the big league squad for the first time this season in the coming days. To make room for Davis and the returning Colin Moran, shortstop Cole Tucker was sent down to Triple A Indianapolis. Capping off the roster moves was the addition of starting pitcher Mitch Keller to COVID-19 injured list after dealing with what was called “heat illness” during his outing on Friday. General manager Ben Cherington has not ruled out the possibility of Keller making his next scheduled start on Thursday against the Dodgers.


The Last Series


The Marlins likely prefer the waters of Florida over the murky water of the Allegheny River after the Bucs won three games out of the four game set.


Ke’Bryan Hayes made his highly anticipated return in the first game of the series after a stint on the IL. Just 4,192 fans descended upon PNC Park, but Hayes made sure that every last one of them got their money's worth after a 2 for 4 performance at the plate and an electric diving stop in the field. It was catcher Jacob Stallings who played hero, however, after he knocked in three runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the Pirates ahead for good, 5-3.


Lively bats mixed with a strong bullpen performance after Keller’s aforementioned exit allowed the Pirates to dominate the Marlins in the second game, 9-2. Hayes opened the scoring with a homer in the second inning to put the Bucs up 2-0. Even after allowing the Marlins to tie the game at two, Pittsburgh scored seven unanswered runs, fueled by five runs in the 6th inning.


A back and forth affair on Saturday led to a little free baseball for all of those in attendance, with the game ending in the Pirates’ favor in the 12th inning, 8-7. Channeling their magic from the first game, the Pirates capitalized on wayward pitching and fielding errors to pull ahead 6-5 in the eighth. Miami knotted the game up in the following frame, and the teams each plated runs in the 10th inning. Stallings, again, played hero after slashing a ball into the outfield that scored Adam Frazier.


It appeared as if Pittsburgh’s bats were going to stay hot on Sunday after jumping out to a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st inning after Colin Moran doubled in Frazier. That ended up being the only run to cross the plate for the Pirates and a decent start from Chad Kuhl was all for not after the Bucs fell 3-1.


Who’s Next?


A day off on Monday is followed by a big series against the defending World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles dropped its game on Sunday to the Braves by a score of 4-2 and lost the series in the process after splitting the first two games of the three game set. Prior to the series in Atlanta, the Dodgers found success against the Pirates' NL Central rival, St. Louis, by taking two of three games.


Projected Pitchers


Tuesday:

(LAD) Walker Buehler (4-0, 2.82 ERA)

(PIT) JT Brubaker (4-4, 3.74 ERA)


Wednesday:

(LAD) TBD

(PIT) Tyler Anderson (3-5, 4.67 ERA)


Thursday

(LAD) Julio Urias (8-2, 3.48 ERA)

(PIT) Mitch Keller (3-6, 6.65 ERA)



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