The Pirates rallied down from a 4-1 lead Wednesday night to win 5-4 and then Gerrit Cole launched a home run, double and five innings of one-run ball to help the Pirates complete the sweep of the Diamondbacks. The sweep is just the second sweep of the season for the Bucs with the first coming in the season-opening series against the Cardinals.
Cole belted his second career home run this afternoon, a three-run shot, to give the Bucs an early 3-1 lead. He also had a double in his next AB and pitched 5.0 innings allowing seven hits and one unearned run. Cole ran his pitch count up early, but escaped a couple of serious jams to keep the Pirates in it. He punched out Paul Goldschmidt with the bases loaded in a key at-bat in the top of the 2nd inning.
Goldy redeemed himself later in the game, tying the score on a two-run single off A.J. Schugel in the 6th inning. But the tie would be short lived as Josh Harrison ripped a pinch hit, two-run double in the bottom of the 6th and the Bucs continued to pour it on. Jung Ho Kang brought two runners home on a single and Starling Marte finished the scoring on his RBI double in the 8th inning.
Once again, it was another strong showing for the Bucs offense as they produced 25 runs in the series on 40 hits in three games. The sweep moves their record to 27-19 and in control of second place in the NL Central, four games now up on the Cardinals and 4.5 games back of the Cubs.
The Bucs will now take their show on the road for a little interleague play in Texas against the Rangers and then Miami before heading home for a nine-game homestand. Texas sits at 27-20 and should be a good road test for the Buccos especially with Cole Hamels on the mound tomorrow night.