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Pirates Power Their Way Past Rockies 14-6

Pirates Send 9 To The Plate In First & Seventh Inning, Improve To 25-22

May 23, 2019 - 5:27 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - After being outscored 14-3 in the first two games of this series against the Rockies, the Pirates offense woke up in the series finale Thursday afternoon as they showed some power, hitting four home runs in the game, including three in one inning

The Pirates have been on the wrong end of some lopsided games this season and today they got to be the team on the right side of a lopsided score as they defeat the Rockies 14-6.

"As I said last night, there comes a point in time when every time you get beat by a spread score, it's not a test of you resiliancy, it's not a test of your courage, it's not a test of you want to, it's not. Play better baseball," said Manager Clint Hurdle. "I think that's what they really grasp, we need to play better and the ability to bounce back just shows for me that that's what their doing, their focusing on what's next."

Gregory Polanco hit the first home run of the day for the Pirates as he gave them the early 2-0 lead in the 1st and in the 7th the Pirates got three home runs off the bats of Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Starling Marte.

"Weather's warming up, the bat's are warming up, Polanco with the huge homer to get us going there, Reynolds continue things pushing forward and then Marte at the end," said Josh Bell. "We're all rolling, we're all rolling for sure and we're in a good place with the Dodgers coming to town."

The Pirates needed Jordan Lyles to have a solid outing this afternoon and for five innings Lyles was pretty much unhittable and then things kind of fell apart for him with two outs in the sixth inning, but the bullpen came in and was able to settle things down.

"Still early on in the 6th, (I get the) pitcher and then Desmond double and we got Story on two pitces to ground out for two outs with a guy on second or third I'm not sure where he was," said Jordan Lyles. "Plenty of chances to get out of that sixth, but things unraveled and (it's a) tough one to swallow in that 6th to give up (as) our offense gave us an 8 spot, 4 in the first, very lucky that they were able to step up and do that, but a six spot in the (top of the) 6th (is) tough to swallow."

The Pirates bullpen settled things down and got out of the 6th inning jam and then Kyle Crick came on in the 7th to hold the 2-run lead, including getting Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play with two on and nobody out before the Pirates added 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th to help ice the game away.

"On the comebacker (in the 7th), I was (thinking two)," said Kyle Crick. "Nolan's not the fastest guy, but I knew if I got Frazier a good throw he could turn it."

COMING UP NEXT

The Pirates open a 3-game series against the Dodgers Friday night at PNC Park as Los Angeles will send Walker Buehler (4-1, 3.83 ERA) to the mound for game 1.  The Pirates will wait to announce their game 1 starter prior to the game tomorrow.  Joe Musgrove will start Saturday night and Chris Archer will start Sunday afternoon for the Pirates.

You can also here what Outfielder Bryan Reynolds had to say after the game below:

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