The Pirates had a well-balanced game one early on against the Indians. However, a missed opportunity in the 9th inning and a terrible call by the umpires cost the Bucs the game by a final of 6-3; another classic case of the Umpire strikes back.
Their bullpen showed up when it mattered to keep the Bucs in the game. And Pittsburgh’s hitting applied a lot of pressure in the middle innings.
JT Brubaker had a rough outing for the Bucs pitching only 3.0 innings. Brubaker gave up the three-runs and only struck out one. However, the relief pitching really did a good job at limiting the damage in the early innings.
In the third, the Indians broke open the game scoring three runs to take a two-run lead. The first two runs came off the bat of Carlos Santana who ripped a single, scoring Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez. Then Francisco Lindor scored off a Franmil Reyes sacrifice fly. The Indians took a 3-1 lead going into the 4th.
The Umpire Strikes Back
The Pirates had a chance to win in the 9th inning, however, they stranded two runners. Bad baserunning from Jarrod Dyson killed the momentum of the inning as he was picked off at second. The Bucs did do some things well though; they actually bunted to advance the runners.
In the tenth inning, Santana hit an interesting three-run homer, to make it 6-3. The ball was hit behind the foul pole, however, after review the umpires concluded it was indeed a home run. Even Santana thought it had gone foul.
The Pirates played a great game for a good portion of the game, but the momentum deflated after the horrible home run call in the top of the 10th. Both teams return tomorrow night.
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