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Archer, Bullpen & Timely Hitting Lead Pirates To 6-3 Victory Saturday Afternoon

Archer Goes 5, Osuna a Pinch Hit 2-run HR and a 4-run 8th inning Lead to Pirates Victory

June 22, 2019 - 8:57 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pirates Second Baseman Adam Frazier came to the plate with the bases loaded and the game tied at two in the 8th inning and promptly brought home Starling Marte and Josh Bell on a 2-RBI single to give the Pirates the lead and they would add two more runs in the inning on an RBI single by Elias Diaz and a sacrifice fly by Jung Ho Kang.

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Michael Feliz started the 9th inning for the Pirates and got two outs, but the San Diego Padres were able to get one off of him and Clint Hurdle didn't waste any time and decided to bring on Felipe Vasquez to close out the game and seal the Pirates 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon as they take the first two games of the series with San Diego.

Chris Archer started the game for the Pirates as he worked his way through 5 innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 5th.  What went into the decision to pinch hit for Archer in the 5th after only 85 pitches?

"It was a baseball decision based on where we were in the game, what he had done, where he got us to and went from there," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "One run, a home run and only two hits, they strung some counts out on him (Archer), but the fact that he didn't get squared up, five punchouts, three walks. There's some other indicators to make the decision at that time, seven three ball counts, less than 50% on his first pitch strikes, however he was competing, he was making enough pitches to stay in the hunt most at-bats."

Besides giving up a solo home run to Manny Machado in the 4th inning, Archer had a pretty solid line of 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, walked three and struck out 5 on the afternoon.  After Joe Musgrove's strong outing in game one, what did Archer take from watching that outing and end up using in his outing Saturday afternoon.

"Just trusting our stuff, being who we are, not deviating from what makes us successful," said Archer. "Today in particular, Stalls (Stallings) and I had a great gameplan, he made some great calls, we played some defense then scored at the right time. Our bullpen did a great job too, I know they gave up a run or two, but that's a high powered offense and for us to limit them to just a few runs is big on our part."

In the bottom of the 5th, Jose Osuna pinch hit for Archer as the Pirates had a runner on and trailed 1-0 and on the first pitch of the at-bat Osuna hit one into the right center field seats to give the Pirates the 2-1 lead.  It was Osuna's third pinch hit home run on the season and he has been one of the first bats Hurdle has gone to when he needs a pinch hitter and Osuna seems to be embracing his role.

"It's something I've been working this year on my routine trying to get ready for each opportunity," said Osuna. "Doesn't matter if it's like a pinch hit or when I start a game, but yeah I'm having good success this year when I come in off the bench."

The Padres tied it in the 7th inning, but the Pirates were able to retake the lead with the four runs in the 8th inning.

The Pirates wrap up this 3-game series and homestand Sunday afternoon as they go for the series sweep here at PNC Park as they send Steven Brault to the mound against Joey Lucchesi and the San Diego Padres.

Listen to Pirates Second Baseman Adam Frazier's postgame comments below:

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