Musgrove Strikes Out 8, Pirates Defeat Phillies 5-1

The celebration started with the 1979 World Series team pregame and the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates continued it throughout the night

Matt Harkins
July 20, 2019 - 11:56 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The celebration started pregame as the Pittsburgh Pirates honored the 40th Anniversary of the 1979 World Series team and the 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates continued the celebration throughout the night, even through a quick rain delay. As the Pirates defeat the Phillies 5-1 to even up the series heading into Sunday afternoon's series finale.

Rain delays are nothing new to Pirates Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove as it seems like there is one any time he starts a game.

"I just can't seem to get away from it, I get moved up a day and it still finds me," said Musgrove. "But I was prepared man, I mean and Trevor's a warrior...it takes a lot for him to miss a start, but he was in pretty bad shape and we need to get every win we can get right now at this point in the season. I'm going to take the ball as often as I can, any chance I get...but my body felt fine today, I felt good going into it, we had a really good plan, Stalls (Stallings) was spot on with everything. It makes my job a lot easier when I can trust my catcher to call the game, it's almost like he's the brains and I'm the muscle, you just tell me where to throw it and I'll throw it there."

The final line for Musgrove was 6 innings pitched as he gave up 2 hits, 1 run (unearned), 2 walks and struck out 8 while also helping himself out at the plate.

With one out in the 3rd inning, Musgrove doubled to the left field corner and came around to score on a Bryan Reynolds RBI single to open up the scoring in the game.

Starling Marte then brought home Reynolds with an RBI Double and came around to score on a Josh Bell RBI Single to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead after 3 innings.

Marte was getting a lot of criticism after his series in St. Louis, but tonight he showed what he means to this Pirates team on a nightly basis.

"We all got warts and people see what they want to see," said Hurdle. "He plays hard, he gets things done and there's those opportunities when they happen, for me they're outliers. Everybody was in St. Louis said how's he played for the last month, how's he played for the last two months. But, as soon as something goes wrong, we're going to go the other way, some people go the other way on him. We can be very judgmental, we judge a lot of people by their actions, we judge ourselves by our intentions. Marte plays, wants to represent, he's taken positive steps forward, he's grown. We don't have another guy that plays centerfield like him, we don't have another guy that can run the bases like him and the bats been showing up and playing in that three spot."

The Phillies scratched a run across in the 5th inning after a leadoff walk, but Musgrove limited the damage to just that run and the Pirates added two more runs when Dickerson came in to score when Melky Cabrera grounded into a double play in the 6th and Colin Moran brought home Marte with an RBI Double in the 7th. 

This Pirates teams knows the position that they are in, where they are in the standings and know how important every single day is if they want to stay in the playoff race.

"It's about not giving up, keep having plans, keep preparing the right way, being professional," said Dickerson. "It's baseball, it can go good and bad sometimes. You try not to ride that wave, you just try to be consistent."

The Pirates and Phillies close out this 3-game weekend series Sunday afternoon at PNC Park when Pittsburgh sends Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.45 ERA) to the mound against Vince Velasquez (2-2, 4.87 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 pm.

Listen to Starling Marte's postgame conversation with the media below:

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