Timely Hitting Leads Phillies Past Pirates 6-1

Pirates Missed Opportunity In 6th Inning When They Left The Bases Loaded

Matt Harkins
July 20, 2019 - 12:02 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Timely hitting by the Phillies in the late innings, including taking advantage of some Pittsburgh Pirates miscues in the 9th that allowed Philadelphia to add some insurance and take game 1 of this weekend series over the Pirates 6-1.

The Philadelphia Phillies loaded the bases in 3 of the 9 innings and stranded the bases loaded in all 3 of those innings.  The Phillies were, however, able to bring home two runs in two of those innings on a Bryce Harper RBI single in the 7th and Jean Segura narrowly beat out an Infield Single to bring home a run in the 8th. Each run in the 7th and 8th came with two outs in the inning.

The Segura at bat was a battle as he kept fouling off pitches with a 2-2 count, 2 outs and the PNC Park crowd making noise to try and will Crick to finish the inning without giving up a run. Crick got the groundball to Bell and the race was on between Crick and Segura to the 1st base bag.  1st Base Umpire Tony Randazzo looked ready to call Segura out, but in a split second decision called him safe. The Pirates challenged the play and watching the replay, even in super slo-mo, it could not have been any closer as Segura beat Crick to the bag by centimeters.

"It's a hard one to swallow, but the game demands execution, it demands performance," said Hurdle. "Whether we got there on time or not, at the end of the day they said we didn't get there on time. And to foul off all the pitches, it's just a battle, it's the great thing about sport, it's what can be the sad thing about sport, the hard thing about sport. But, the opportunity to compete is what keeps you fueled and going and when you come out on the short end it usually keeps that fire lit for the next one."

The Pirates gave Jordan Lyles the early lead Friday night when Corey Dickerson reached on a single, stole second and was brought home on a single by Elias Diaz to give Pittsburgh the 1-0 lead. But, that would be all the Pirates were able to get in the game as they had a golden opportunity to add on with the bases loaded in the 6th inning, but Juan Nicasio came on with two outs to face Kevin Newman and he got Newman to ground one back to the mound and the Phillies escaped the jam and the game remained tied at 1 at that point.

After giving up 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning against Chicago last time out, it was a much better outing for Lyles tonight against Philadelphia.  The Phillies loaded the bases in the 1st inning against Lyles, but he was able to strikeout J.T Realmuto and got Cesar Hernandez to flyout to left field to end the inning. The only blemish on the scorecard tonight for Lyles was a solo home run he gave up to Adam Haseley to leadoff the 5th inning.

"Overall, pleased with one run ball, but not happy about not getting (through) six," said Lyles. "But overall, obviously, did much better than (the) last handful of outings. It's good to get back on track and get back to where we we're previously. Went through the low of lows there recently, hopefully this is a sign of things to come and what direction we're headed."

The final line on the night for Lyles was 5.2 IP, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts and the one home run allowed while throwing 100 pitches, 67 for strikes.

The Pirates and Phillies play game two of the weekend series Saturday night at PNC Park at 7:05 pm. Pittsburgh will send Joe Musgrove (6-8, 4.31 ERA) to the mound against Zach Eflin (7-9, 4.16 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trevor Williams was originally scheduled to make the start for the Pirates, but it was announced during the game Friday night that he would be scratched from his start with severe flu like symptoms.

Listen to Pirates RP Richard Rodriguez's postgame (Thru Translator) Below:

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