Suwinski’s game-winning homer came off former Pirates closer Mark Melancon and enabled the Pirates to even the weekend series with Arizona going into Sunday’s series finale.
Prior to Suwinski’s walk-off piece, it looked as though fellow rookie Roansy Contreras would be on the hook for the loss despite a solid third start on the season.
Contreras worked the first 5 2/3 innings and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out eight.
The lone run he allowed, which came in his last inning of work, came on a wild pitch that enabled Ketel Marte to score.
Arizona starter Zach Davies appeared in line for a victory, as he gave up just three hits and two walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
But that never happened. Bryan Reynolds led off the ninth against Melancon with a base hit and Suwinski battled the veteran reliever through a lengthy at-bat, fouling off three straight 3-2 pitches before he golfed a 3-2 offering into the seats in right field for his sixth home run of the season, making a winner of reliever Chris Stratton.
YOU CAN’T SPELL WIN WITHOUT SUWINSKI!!!!! pic.twitter.com/fOb5iYiSWs— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 4, 2022
The Pirates will look to take the series when the two teams meet at 1:35 p.m. Sunday at PNC Park. Zach Thompson will start for Pittsburgh and Zac Gallen gets the call for the Diamondbacks.