Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 21:34
After Glasnow walked Brett Gardner, Chase Headley doubled down the right field line.
And, thanks to the Pirates' bullpen, it didn't prevent them from winning, either. In this inning, they would add to their lead. Glasnow needed 102 pitches to get 14 outs.
Bird came up again in the fifth representing the tying run and again hit a long foul ball to right that almost knotted the score. He even could've been given a hit in the fifth when he beat the shift to plate a pair, as his grounder squirted past Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison, who was charged with an error. Now that he's been suspended for 80 games, a bad lineup just got worse. The ball went between Harrison's legs.
Greg Bird - Bird took a 0-4 with a strikeout in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Pirates. Juan Nicasio (1-2) picked up the win in relief. He pitched a flawless sixth, and Felipe Rivero, Daniel Hudson and Tony Watson closed out the game with the lone NY threat coming in the eighth. Hudson, however, then struck out ex-Pirate nemesis Matt Holliday to end the inning.
Watson retired the first two batters of the ninth, but things got interesting after a bunt single by Castro and a single to left by Ellsbury. Judge bounced into a fielder's choice, though, and all was well. But a single there would have brought home just one run instead of two after Headley was thrown out.
Glasnow was charged with nine runs this season before he'd recorded his eighth out.
Rookie first baseman Josh Bell hit his second home run of the season - a two-run shot off Yankees' starter CC Sabathia (2-1) that gave the Pirates (7-9) a 4-0 lead in the second inning.
Friday, Glasnow averaged 94.1 miles per hour on his fastball, at times topping out above 96. He also struck out three.
CC Sabathia's days as the unquestioned ace of the New York Yankees have long since passed, but the veteran left-hander is pitching like a top-of-the-rotation starter through his first three outings.
The 36-year-old lefty came in with a 1.47 ERA, but gave up a leadoff homer to Jordy Mercer on a misplaced two-seam fastball two pitches into the game.
Jonathan Holder - Holder escaped a jam in the bottom of the seventh inning, striking out Francisco Cervelli with runners on first and second.
Sabathia surrendered two home runs that negated an otherwise fair performance, which on most nights the offense would have overcome with a couple of blasts of their own. After losing the first two games of the season to the Boston Red Sox and seeing the third game of that series be postponed due to rain, the Pirates first game in Pittsburgh was also their first mark for the 2017 win column.
Bell's round-tripper scored right fielder Jose Osuna, who had reached base with his first major-league hit on a triple to right field. He went 1 for 2 with a walk.