The Pittsburgh Pirates just won their second straight series. Bouncing back from the Chicago nightmare, the Bucs downed the Detroit Tigers in a series earlier this week, and they took game one against the Washington Nationals on a walk-off single by Ke’Bryan Hayes. Now they’ve officially won that series following a 10-7 victory over the Nats on Saturday night, spearheaded by Bryan Reynolds.
Reynolds went 2-for-3, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth. Reynolds finished the game with three RBIs after also drawing a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the sixth.
Bryan Reynolds - Pittsburgh Pirates (23) pic.twitter.com/OmD6SnxKKC— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 12, 2021
Ben Gamel also contributed a dinger, this one in the fifth inning also, and it was the run that tied the game for Pittsburgh. Gamel finished 1-for-5 on the day.
In addition, Colin Moran went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Hoy Park walked three times and scored three runs. Yoshi Tsutsugo also walked three times, and he scored two runs. In fact, the Bucs managed 10 walks on the evening while pounding out 10 hits.
The pitching staff wasn’t quite as sharp, but it was enough to get it done, as Kyle Keller got his first win of the season in just one inning pitched, and Chris Stratton picked up his fourth save of the year.
Starter Wil Crowe went four innings and gave up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out six. Anthony Banda followed him up and surrendered two runs on four hits in just a single inning. Chasen Shreve and Shelby Miller also both gave up runs in their single innings, with Miller surrendering a long ball to Nats’ pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman.
Reynolds spoke to AT&T following the game and had this to say:
The @Pirates get it done in comeback fashion with a 10-7 win over the Nationals. Bryan Reynolds had 3 RBI on the night and after the game he spoke with Robby Incmikoski about the win. pic.twitter.com/PPIeXLjQUc— AT&T SportsNet™ PIT (@ATTSportsNetPIT) September 12, 2021
The Bucs will look for the sweep this afternoon with a 1:05pm start time.