The Bucs snapped their seven-game losing streaking winning game-four against the Twins, winning in walk-off fashion. After dropping games one, two, and three the Pirates finally won. The Pirates’ offense came through late in the game to give the Pirates a chance to win 6-5.
The Pirates were finally able to score some runs early, however, their pitching didn’t show up early on. JT Brubaker got the nod for the Bucs today and gave up an early three-run homer to Miguel Sano in the first. Brubaker bounced back pitching three innings, striking out two.
Pittsburgh did have an answer in the second inning on a game-tying three-run blast by Gregory Polanco. The Twins tacked on two more runs, a Byron Buxton homer in the fourth. And a tape-measure shot, that barely made it out by Eddie Rosario in the fifth.
Although he gave up the three-run home run in the second, Twins’ starter, Kenta Maeda was spectacular. Maeda struck out four and walked one through six innings to keep the Twins’ lead at 5-3.
JT Riddle, who was activated today, broke the Bucs’ hitless streak in the bottom of the seventh. Riddle’s base hit was the teams first since Polanco’s homer in the second.
Walk It Off
The winning run crossed the plate after Kevin Newman dropped a base hit that scored the tying and winning run.
Now that the Bucs finally know what it feels like to win again, they can hopefully take this momentum into tomorrow’s game. Pittsburgh hosts the Detroit Tigers in a three-game set.