Game #5 Recap – Pirates 6, Braves 5
On PNC Park’s 16th Birthday, the Pirates delivered a thrilling early-season victory over the Atlanta Braves. Starling Marte blasted a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th inning, in a game they had not led until that point. With the win the Pirates earned their first sweep of the season, and improved to a 3-2 record.
- Starling Marte: Marte was exceptional at the plate all day, including his game winning homer in extras. He went 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs, improving his batting average to .381 and his OPS to .941. The season is very young, but maybe this is the breakout Marte season we have been waiting for.
- Adam Frazier: The leadoff man went 3-for-5 with a run scored, and now has a .353 batting average. His leadoff double in the 10th inning set the stage for Marte’s walkoff.
- Trevor Williams: In his first appearance for the Pirates this season, Trevor Williams was great. His clean work in the 8th and 9th innings kept the Bucs in the game and allowed the contest to move to extra innings. The Line: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO
- Gerrit Cole: So far, 2017 is not treating Gerrit Cole well – just look at his 6.55 ERA. It was a bad start for Cole, who gave up three very hard-hit balls to start the game, the second of which was a Dansby Swanson homerun. Further issues led to a second run, and the Bucs were down a pair before they even came to bat. Cole recovered and held the Braves scoreless until a Freddie Freeman solo homer in the 5th inning. In the end, Gerrit threw 97 pitches and prevented an all-out collapse, but it still was far from a strong start by the Cole Train. Final Line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR
- Antonio Bastardo: For the second time in as many appearances this season, Bastardo was shaky. He allowed 2 hits, including a homerun during the 6th inning. A 27.00 ERA can absolutely come down, but it has been a less than desirable start to the season from the Bucco reliever.
- Andrew McCutchen: Once again, Cutch was horrific at the plate. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, bringing down his already pitiful .150 batting average. His worst at bat came in the 8th inning, when the Bucco rally ended on a McCutchen double play ball, stranding two runners.
- Pirates Attendance Total: On an absolutely gorgeous weekend day for early-April, PNC Park was half-empty. Just 22,000 fans attended the contest, which is not a good sign for attendance numbers the rest of this homestand. Maybe last year’s 78 win season did more damage to the fanbase than originally thought?
Today is PNC Park's sweet 16th birthday. Marte's dinger was the 100th walkoff in park history. #Pirates
— Alex Stumpf (@AlexJStumpf) April 9, 2017
GRAB YOUR BROOMS AND HAVE A MARTE PARTAYYYYYYYYY
— James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) April 9, 2017
McCutchen's "monster year" sure is a monster to be afraid of.
— Mike Kearney (@MKPGH) April 9, 2017
Exit velocities of 97, 104, 108 off Cole thus far.
— Jim Rosati (@northsidenotch) April 9, 2017
The homestand rolls on Monday night with Game 1 against the Reds at 7:05pm. Tyler Glasnow will make his season debut opposite of Cincinnati’s Brandon Finnegan.