Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates fell behind the White Sox, 4-0, in the first inning Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. But that deficit quickly disappeared when they answered with four of their own in the second to tie the game and start anew. But when Jose Abreu…
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pirates fell behind the White Sox, 4-0, in the first inning Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. But that deficit quickly disappeared when they answered with four of their own in the second to tie the game and start anew.
But when Jose Abreu doubled home a run in the home half of the second to regain the lead for the White Sox, it looked like it could be a long night for the Pirates and their pitching staff. But they didn’t falter. Instead, they responded with six straight runs en route to a 10-6 victory.
Such has become life for the Pirates that a deficit is not seen as a crisis; it’s seen as an opportunity, as evidenced by their nine comeback victories this season.
The Pirates racked up 16 hits in Tuesday’s win, marking the 17th time they’ve out-hit their opponent. They are 15-2 in those games, as opposed to 4-13 when the opposing team out-hits them. Even more surprising given the score, none of those 16 hits was a home run. Only four went for extra bases: Corey Dickerson, Gregory Polanco and Colin Moran each hit a double, and Josh Bell’s triple in the sixth inning drove in Polanco to extend their lead to 8-5. Each Pirates starter reached base at least once, and five collected multiple hits.
The win raised the Pirates’ interleague record to 7-2 on the season. They’ll try to complete the sweep of the two-game series Wednesday with Trevor Williams on the mound. Reynaldo Lopez will start for the White Sox.
The Pirates’ starting lineup:
1. Adam Frazier, Left Field
2. Gregory Polanco, Right Field
3. Starling Marte, Center Field
4. Josh Bell, 1st Base
5. Corey Dickerson, Designated Hitter
6. Elias Diaz, Catcher
7. Colin Moran, 3rd Base
8. Sean Rodriguez, 2nd Base
9. Jordy Mercer, Shortstop
Oh how SWEEP it is… I’ll show myself out. The Phillies did it again. They stayed with the Pirates the entire game, and beat them in the end. They won 3-2. Like the two previous games I recapped in this series, the baseball was deeply, deeply frustrating and boring through the bulk of the innings. […]
Like the two previous games I recapped in this series, the baseball was deeply, deeply frustrating and boring through the bulk of the innings. Both the Pirates and the Phillies sent good pitchers to the mound today in Trevor Williams and Nick Pivetta(respectively). Pivetta outdueled Williams by 1⁄3 of an inning, and they both allowed two runs and struck out seven. Williams allowed one hit and five walks, and Pivetta allowed five hits and two walks.
Again: good, but boring and frustrating. Watching the Phillies struggle and struggle against Williams was not fun. They had a chance to go ahead in the eighth, but with men on the corners, Pedro Florimon popped up on the first pitch he saw and ended the scoring chance.
Besides Nick Pivetta and the bullpen pitching clean and standing strong, the win came from two players: Andrew Knapp and Aaron Altherr. Altherr came into the game in the seventh inning had three hits, including a triple and the game-winning walk-off single. And who did he score? That would be Andrew Knapp, who hit a triple — that was allllllmost a home run — and was on third base when Altherr got his hit.
The Phillies just swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games. They’re 14-7. They’ve won 11 of their last 13. They’re half a game out of first place. And…
The Phillies (14-7) are off Monday. If they win Tuesday, they would be eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 22, 2018
It’s still just April. There’s a lot of baseball to go. But even when this team gets bad, we know they’ll be able to make their way out of it. Because we know what this team is capable of, and it’s good baseball.