Pittsburgh Pirates Beat Arizona Diamonbacks Despite Wandy Rodriguez’ Early Exit

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks despite starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez leaving the game after only 2 1/3 innings pitched. The Pirates got to Diamondbacks staring pitcher Trevor Cahill in the first inning, to the tune of three earned runs, and tacked on another in the fourth and the eighth and were able to take and hold on for the victory.

After only 2 1/3 innings Wandy Rodriguez came up lame, with a tight hamstring. In Wandy’s absence the Pirates bullpen stepped up to go 6 2/3 innings with four hits and and one earned run, all of which were allowed by the game’s winner, reliever Jeanmar Gomez.

On the other side Trevor Cahill let up three early runs, plus one more in the fifth, but in between pitched fairly well, striking out seven in his five frames, and took the loss.

The Arizona Diamondback’s rookie left fielder Alfredo Marte got his first Major League hit tonight, and with it drove in the run that tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the third. In the at bat prior to Gomez’ personal achievement at bat Paul Goldschmidt missed a grand slam by about 3 feet, barely missing a personal achievement of his own. Instead he had to settled for a sacrifice fly.

Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli was perfect and earned his first save of the season, and Andrew McCutcheon attributed to RBI to the effort.

With the win the Pittsburgh Pirates improve to 2-5, which they hope turns around starting with the momentum from this win. Conversely the Arizona Diamondbacks fall to 5-2, but their method of an unselfish, fundamental offensive scheme appears to be firing on all cylinders in the early months of the long year ahead.

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