Bucs win 6-5 as Watson shuts it down.
The Pirates got a very needed win today behind a strong showing by the Bucs bats winning 6-5. The team bounced back today scoring five runs in the first two innings against starter Jon Lester. Lester went 5 2/3 innings giving up 10 hits and six runs (five earned). He struggled in the Cubs attempt of a sweep.
The team hit very well, especially Josh Harrison and Josh Bell. The Josh’s both hit solo home runs to help lead the offense. Francisco Cervelli, Andrew McCutchen, and Phil Gosselin all collected an additional RBI; Gosselin drove in his first run with the Pirates.
The Cubs also hit well and scored three runs off of starter Tyler Glasnow and two off of reliever Daniel Hudson. Glasnow again was not as efficient as the team would have hoped and only pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up three runs and four walks while also striking out four. Wade Leblanc was credited with the win after cleaning up Glasnow’s 4th inning and pitching 1 1/3 innings total. Tony Watson gave fans another scare in the 9th but got out of a 1st and 2nd jam with only one out with a game ending double play.
One specific event in today’s game made MLB history. Gift Ngoepe became the first baseball player ever from Africa to play in the Major Leagues. Ngoepe also collected his first hit up the middle and walked during his historic night.
The team is off tomorrow and their next game is Friday in Miami. Jameson Taillon will pitch for the Bucs while Adam Conley will start for the Marlins.