JT Brubaker had a nice bounce-back outing tossing six scoreless innings. He struck out five while allowing four hits and one walk. He also did a great job of limiting hard contact. Just one batted ball against him was hit more than 95 mph on the day. Chasen Shreve came on in the seventh and final inning to wrap things up with a scoreless outing in which he struck out two.
The offense got going in the second when the first four batters of the inning reached base off of Jon Gray. Micheal Perez hit an RBI single. Adam Frazier hit a fielder's choice which scored a run. Ben Gamel then hit a sacrifice fly to score the third run of the inning.
In the fifth inning, Bryan Reynolds hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season. That two-run shot gave the Pirates a 5-0 lead. After a Gregory Polanco triple, Cole Tucker eventually hit a fielder’s choice to score him. Polanco also hit a sac fly in the sixth to give the Pirates a 7-0 lead.
All in all, it was a nice day at the plate for the Pirates. Every non-pitcher hitter in the lineup not named Wilmer Difo got a hit. Difo had a nice day as well though because he walked twice.
Later this afternoon, the Pirates will attempt to sweep the day in game two. Mitch Keller (2-6, 7.41 ERA) takes the bump and will oppose Austin Gomber (3-4, 4.56 ERA).