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Pirates Power Their Way Past Cubs, 18-5

Pirates Hit 5 Home Runs During Record Setting Night At PNC Park

July 02, 2019 - 12:11 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates bats were on display Monday night at PNC Park as they got three home runs from Josh Bell, one from Jung Ho Kang and one from Jose Osuna as the Pirates defeat the Cubs 18-5  in game one of the four game series.

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It wasn't just the home run ball sparking the Pirates offense Monday night. Adam Frazier was on base five times, including four doubles which tied a Major League record last reached by Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018 and Frazier was the first Pirate to achieve the feat since Paul Waner did it in 1932.

"It's pretty cool, didn't really know what had happened when I stopped at second right there," said Frazier. "See it on the board, kind of glanced back and saw that in MLB history, that's a long time. It's pretty cool to be in that category especially with a hall of famer like (Paul) Waner. I just kind of go with the flow, but the other guys are jacking me up about it's MLB History, so I can think about that, that's pretty cool."

With Bell's three home runs, it was the 20th time it was done in Pirates history and he was the first left handed hitter to do it for the Pirates since Willie Stargell in 1971.  Also, Bell's 7 RBI in a game were the most since Andrew McCutchen had 8 RBI in a game back in September 2017.

"I feel like we did a good job of showing what we can do this past month," said Bell. "Tonight it all came together 1 through 9, Trevor's up their getting hits, Brault as well. Just tough at bats, finding the barrel, hitting the ball where they're not and making the outfielders turn their backs."

Third Baseman Colin Moran also got in on this record setting night as he recorded five hits, which was last done by Starling Marte in 2018 against Miami.

"The way the offense was clicking, it was fun to just be a part of it," said Moran. "Watching J.B's at bats are obviously always special, but I mean that last one was like a golf shot, just unbelieveable the way he can hit the ball that hard, a normal person hits that as a double and it lands in the front seat for him, it's special."

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead and gave Trevor Williams the early cushion.  The Cubs threatened to tie the game and even take the lead in the Top of the 4th, but Williams battled his way out of the inning and got Kris Bryant to popout to second with bases loaded to maintain the 7-4 lead heading to the bottom of the inning. Williams talks about what his gameplan was when Bryant came to the plate.

"Not letting him clear the bases, we've had success with him (Bryant) earlier that day and we saw a hole that we thought we could exploit," said Williams. "Thankfully he got under it a little bit, I thought I got too much plate, but it's one of those pitches where you have to throw a strike, you'd hate to walk a guy with the bases loaded and pitch to Rizzo who's crushed me in my career."

DOWN ON THE FARM

Indianapolis, AAA: Defeat Louisvilee 7-6 Monday night to improve to 42-39 on the season

Altoona, AA: Defeat Akron 5-4 Monday night to improve to 43-37 on the season.

Bradenton, A: Defeat Jupiter 3-2 Monday night to improve to 44-36 on the season

Greensboro, A: Defeat Hagerstown 9-7 Monday night to improve to 51-30 on the season

West Virginia, A-Short Season: Falls to Auburn 7-5 Monday night and our now 9-8 on the season.

Bristol, Rookie Advanced: Defeat Kingsport 6-4 Monday night to improve to 6-7 on the season.

BASEBALL IS FAMILY

During his postgame conversation with the media, Williams was asked about coming back from injury and he got emotional discussing it as he brought up Tyler Skaggs, who was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Texas and was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived. 

"I'm thankful for my health, I'm thankful I was able to pitch today," said Williams. "It's a tough elephant in the room, we lost (Tyler) Skaggs today, he's a part of the brotherhood. I didn't know him personally, I know a lot of guys that played with him. I'm thankful that I'm here, I'm thankful that I get to hug my family tonight. My heart goes with his family, life is precious, life is sacred, it's really unfortunate man. Baseball's not the most important thing in the world and I hope as ballplayers and as fans we can see that and have it be a little sobering effect where maybe we smile a little more, hug your family."

In game two of this four game series Tuesday night at PNC Park, the Pirates will send Joe Musgrove (6-7, 4.27 ERA) to the mound against Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.36 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs at 7:05 pm.

Listen to Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle's entire postgame conversation with the media below:

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