Jameson Taillon did what he needed to do to put the Pirates in a position to win Wednesday afternoon’s matchup against the White Sox. Taillon had a no decision but only gave up two runs (both solo shots) over 5.2 innings. Pirates pushed the go-ahead run across in the 7th inning, earning Edgar Santana his first win of the season. Feliz and Vazquez shut the door while throwing a scoreless 8th and 9th, resulting in a 3-2 Pirates victory.
Here’s how the scoring went:
Leury Garcia opened the scoring for the Sox in the top of the 2nd with a home run to right-center.
The Pirates answered immediately in their half of the inning with a Dickerson single, Diaz walk, and a two run double by Rodriguez who was tagged out trying to advance to third base.
With two outs in the 5th inning, Yolmer Sanchez tied the game up with a solo shot to right.
Pirates struck again in the bottom of the 7th. Diaz led off the inning with double and Mercer walked, following a S Rod pop out. This set the table for pinch hitter Josh Bell who beat the shift with a soft single to left, allowing Diaz to score the go-ahead run.
Pittsburgh missed an opportunity to blow this game wide open later in the 7th inning after the original call (Josh Bell forced out at second base following an Adam Frazier ground ball to short) was overturned, leaving the bases loaded with only one out. Polanco and Freese proceeded to strike out, back to back, while doing their best to skew the LOB statistic in the positive direction.
But Michael Feliz came in to throw a scoreless 8th and Vazquez continued the bullpen’s strong performance while shutting the door in the 9th.
Next up: Bucs will take on San Diego in Pittsburgh tomorrow night, 7:05pm EDT.