The Pittsburgh Pirates held off an Arizona Diamondbacks ninth inning rally to win 5-4, in the final game of the three game series. A big crowd was on hand (32,803) to witness this one, as it was camp day, with over 8,000 kids present. The loss snapped a five game winning streak for the D-Backs heading into a four game series with the New York Mets, starting tonight.
"It felt like it was one of those games that unfortunately we ran out of time, ran out of innings.", said D-Back skipper Torrey Lovullo.
Things started off well for the Diamondbacks as they received a first inning gift. David Peralta came up and hit a deep fly ball to the left field wall. Pirates left fielder Austin Meadows put his glove up and the ball bounced off it, and into the stands for a two run homer.
The Pirates got to starting pitcher Zack Greinke in the second inning, forcing the D-back hurler to throw 40 pitches in the inning. Doubles by Josh Bell and Jody Mercer led to a four run inning to put the Pirates up 4-2. Mercer dinged Greinke again in the fourth, hitting a solo home run to right center, increasing the Pirates lead to 5-2.
Pittsburgh pitcher Jameson Tallion improved to (4-5), by tossing seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, striking out four, while issuing two walks, to pick up the win. Zack Greinke (5-5), lasted only 4 2/3, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out seven, but walking four. falling to (5-5) on the season.
Lovullo said, "Zack didn't have his best stuff today. Unfortunately we lost the game."
Felipe Vazquez came in to pitch the ninth, earning his 12th save, but it wasn’t easy. Ketel Marte started off with a single. Chris Owings walked. Nick Ahmed grounded to third to Colin Moran, who stepped on the bag to force Marte. After Jeff Mathis struck out, John Ryan Murphy walked to load the bases. Newly acquired Jon Jay came through with a two run single to left, cutting the deficit to 5-4. An intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt loaded the bases once again, but Jake Lamb fanned on a two-two pitch to end the game.
The Arizona bullpen did their job, as T.J. McFarland, Andrew Chafin, and Bracho, held Pittsburgh to just one hit. Lovello said, “I was proud of our bullpen. Those guys did what we needed them to do, and it kept us in the game.”
The D-backs (37-30) will host the New York Mets (28-36), in a four game series, beginning tonight at 6:40pm.
The matchups on the mound are as follows.
Today: Steven Matt (2-4) 3.53 ERA vs. Matt Koch (4-3) 4.20 ERA
Friday: Seth Lugo (2-1) 1.77 ERA vs. Zack Godley (6-5) 4.97 ERA
Saturday: Jason Vargas (2-4) 7.71 ERA vs. Patrick Corbin (6-2) 3.10 ERA
Sunday: Zack Wheeler (2-5) 4.98 ERA vs. Clay Buckholz (1-1) 2.25 ERA