Mariners Defeat Pirates 6-5 In 11 Innings, Sweep Series

Musgrove struck out six over five innings of work and brought home the game tying run in the second with an RBI Double

Matt Harkins
September 19, 2019 - 4:54 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Shed Long scores the go-ahead run on a groundball to second base in the top of the 11th as the Seattle Mariners defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 and sweep the series.

Kevin Kramer ran at the runner at first back and made an attempt to tag him before throwing to first to get the batter out and Long scored the go ahead run while Omar Narvaez was in a rundown between first and second.

"I don't think he's (Kramer) got a play at home, I think the play is either to immediately go to second base to initiate the double play or to try and tag the runner and get the ball to first," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "The runner's not even involved in it, that way you're out of the inning. I haven't looked at the video tape to see how it worked out, however, that would have been the two options, go right to second with it or quick tag and throw to first. I don't think he had a play at the plate, ball's hit to soft."

It was a sloppy top of the second inning for the Pirates defensively as they committed two errors and along with three hits for the Mariners allowed Seattle to score four runs to take the early lead Thursday afternoon at PNC Park.

The big hit for the Mariners came off the bat of Shed Long who brought home Donnie Walton and Braden Bishop on a two run single to right field that gave Seattle the 4-0 lead.

In the first two games of the series, Seattle's pitching was able to keep the Pirates offense quiet, but it would finally wake up in the bottom of the second in the series finale as they would make up for the sloppy play on defense in the top half.

Colin Moran, Elias Diaz, Jake Elmore and Joe Musgrove all double in the inning to plate the first three runs and Kevin Newman would single home Musgrove as the Pirates answered right back to tie the game at 4.

On the single, Newman extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has now hit safely in 21 consecutive starts.

Pirates Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove settled things back down after the second innings as would get through the fifth inning only allowing the four runs, two of them earned, walked two and struck out six on 97 pitches (67 strikes).

It was a rough second inning for Musgrove, but he was able to settle down and get through five innings and gave his team the opportunity to win the ballgame.

"The job doesn't end just because you fall behind, going back out that next half inning the games 4-4 and our offense was able to make something happen to me back in the game," said Musgrove. "As a pitcher, you got to put your foot down and find a way to get through five and keep your team in the game. We changed the attack plan a little bit, started throwing more sinkers. Fastball felt good today just the command wasn't great, life wasn't the same as it has been, I mixed a couple 94-95's in there, but I have the ability to sit at 94-95, hit the 96's that had last start. The sinker was good though and that's one of the benefits of having six pitches, you can kind of change your attack plan, use the cutter and the sinker a little more."

The offense was able to get Musgrove the lead to make him eligible for the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Elmore was able to bring home Diaz on a single to center, but was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw to end the inning and the Pirates took the 5-4 lead into the sixth.

After Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless sixth in relief of Musgrove, Francisco Liriano came on to pitch the seventh and after retiring the first two batters of the inning, he walked the next two and Austin Nola singled to right to bring home Kyle Lewis to tie the game at 5 heading to the bottom of the seventh.

The Pirates will travel to Milwaukee for a three game series and their last road trip of the 2019 season. Steven Brault (4-5, 4.98 ERA) will take the mound in game one of the series for Pittsburgh against Chase Anderson (6-4, 4.50 ERA) and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Listen to Pirates' INF/OF Jake Elmores postgame conversation with the media below:

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