Pittsburgh Pirates beat Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 in 11 innings

  • Caleb Luketic

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed the sweep of their cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Phillies, while racking up their fourth consecutive victory.

The Pirates have won three of those four games in shut out fashion. This is also the second time in three days that the Pirates and Phillies went to extras without scoring a run through nine innings.

Today A.J. Burnett pitched nine shutout innings, while fanning four batters and lowering one of the lowest National League ERA’s to 1.89. Burnett deserved a win in the win column, but I am sure that he is just happy that the team won the game.

Burnett was able to throw nine innings of shutout baseball because he only struck out four batters. He didn’t go deep into every batter’s count, but, instead, forced them into pounding the ball into the dirt. Burnett has mastered the art of the groundnut, which is how he has been able to keep pitching into his late 30’s

Sunday’s opposing pitcher was Cole Hamels, who went seven innings and racked up 12 strikeouts against the Pirates. Hamels was out-lasted by his counterpart Burnett, but neither pitchers were able t0 get assistance from the plate, which lead to both pitchers getting a no decision.

The only Pirate player who consistently gave the Phillies trouble was left fielder Starling Marte, who went 9-for-16 over the weekend series with a pair of RBI. Marte was the only player who could consistently get on base this weekend, which was a surprise after the amazing offensive showcase that they had on their previous 10-game road trip. The Pirates shockingly struggled against a struggling Phillies rotation, but they were able to get the sweep because of their outstanding pitching from their starters and bullpen.

The hero for the Pirates was utility specialist Josh Harrison, who came in and walked it off in the bottom of the 11th with a base hit up the middle. Harrison was set up by Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis, who launched a throw into the stands on a chopper from Jose Tabata. Harrison took the next pitch and drove it up the middle to plate Neil Walker.

Today’s game was highlighted by utility specialist Sean Rodriguez, as he made an astounding diving catch in right field.

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