Newmans Bases Loaded Single In 9th Lifts Pirates Over Cubs 3-2

Reynolds starts the 9th with a 1-out Single, Tucker works a bases loaded walk to get to Newman

Matt Harkins
August 16, 2019 - 11:33 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Friday night at PNC Park it was a pitcher's duel for seven innings with plenty of late inning drama as the Pirates came out on top 3-2 as Kevin Newman singled with the bases loaded off of Brandon Kintzler with two outs in the bottom of the 9th.

Newman was 0 for 3 on the night heading into his at-bat in the 9th, but said he actually felt calm at the plate and the energy from the crowd helped with that.

"It was funny, I was up there as the crowds getting really loud, I kind of felt like everybody was on my side in the crowd," said Newman. "I know there's a good amount of Cubs fans out there, but I felt like it was kind of whatever we had, 35,000 and me against one. So, it was kind of cool the feeling and the motivation I got from the crowd tonight was a big part of it."

To get to Newman in the 9th, the Pirates used a 1 out single by Bryan Reynolds, an intentional walk to Josh Bell and a walk to Colin Moran to load the bases and bring Cole Tucker to the plate as a pinch hitter on the day that he rejoined the team from Indianapolis.

Tucker also said he was surprisingly calm during that at-bat and it was probably the most exciting walk he has taken over his baseball career.

"I did (feel my heart beating) on the on-deck circle, I was like Ok it's loud and then like I felt myself shaking and then ball four to Colin, I was just like alright here we go and just rolled into it and I calmed down," said Tucker. "I felt really good up there, I felt like I'd done it before even though I hadn't, that was the coolest walk I'll probably have in my career. It felt good to do it, it felt good to pick up Joe, it felt good to pick up the team, it was sweet, it was a packed house and it was loud."

Joe Musgrove was cruising right along through 7 innings Friday night at PNC Park and in the 8th he got Kyle Schwarber to line out to second base, but Jonathan Lucroy and Ian Happ both singled and the Cubs had runners on the corner's and one out.

Clint Hurdle decided to lift Musgrove for Felipe Vazquez in that situation, but Tony Kemp tripled to the right centerfield gap to give the Cubs the 2-1 lead. After a walk to Jason Heyward, Vazquez was able to get Nicholas Castellanos to ground into an inning ending double play to keep the Pirates deficit at one.

"To feel like I threw that well and to have a 2-1 losing score when I leave the game is tough," said Musgrove. "But, anytime Felipe (Vazquez) comes in and I got to hand the ball over to him, I have nothing but confidence in him and I told him after, "I said hey man, it's another day tomorrow dude like stuff happens"...The confidence we have in this clubhouse in close games to be able to come back and make it competitive in that 9th inning is super high, so I felt good about it."

The final line for Pirates Starting Pitcher Joe Musgrove Friday night was 7.1 IP and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and struck out 9 on 97 pitches (68 strikes).

The 9 strikeouts for Musgrove ties a career high which he achieved for the first time in his career last season on July 10, 2018 against the Washington Nationals.

The Pirates will send Steven Brault (3-1, 4.33 ERA) to the mound against Jon Lester (9-8, 4.43 ERA) and the Cubs in Game 2 of the series Saturday afternoon at 1:35 pm at PNC Park.

Listen to what Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle had to say after the game below:

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