PITTSBURGH — Rookie Jack Suwinski hit a two-run homer within the backside of the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied previous the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Saturday.
Bryan Reynolds led off the ninth with a single in opposition to Mark Melancon (1-6), who blew his second save in 13 alternatives. Suwinski then lofted a flyball into the right-field stands on the ninth pitch of the at-bat for his first profession game-ending hit and sixth residence run of the season.
“It was awesome. Cool experience,” Suwinski stated. “That’s the stuff you think about playing Wiffle Ball in your backyard. That’s my first time doing that, so it was pretty cool. Pretty special.”
Suwinski leads NL rookies in residence runs. It has been a formidable displaying for the 23-year-old proper fielder, who was referred to as up from Double-A Altoona in April in an emergency scenario when Reynolds had a one-day stint on the COVID-19 damage listing.
“I’m super thankful and grateful for them to give me the opportunity in the first place and then to let me stick around long enough to get comfortable and make adjustments and see what kind of player I am at the big league level,” Suwinski stated.
The homer spoiled an excellent effort by Arizona starter Zach Davies, who pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, struck out six and walked two.
Chris Stratton (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth in his 2 hundredth profession look.
Davies retired 18 batters in a row beginning within the second inning till strolling Tucapita Marcano with two outs within the eighth.
“He was keeping hitters off-balance, and that’s what hitting is, trying to stay on-balance and have good timing,” Suwinski stated. “He was doing a good job of mixing spots and speeds and location.”
The Pirates loaded the bases earlier than Ian Kennedy relieved Davies and struck out Ke’Bryan Hayes to finish the risk and protect the 1-0 lead.
Arizona’s Ketel Marte hit a pair of doubles and scored his workforce’s lone run within the sixth on a wild pitch whereas extending his hitting streak to a career-high 16 video games.
Marte hit a one-out double and moved to 3rd when shortstop Rodolfo Castro fumbled Christian Walker’s grounder for an error. Marte scored on Roansy Contreras’ wild pitch on the final pitch of a 10-pitch stroll to Jordan Luplow with two outs.
Marte is hitting .362 since April 30, lifting his batting common to .268.
Contreras pitched nicely in his fourth profession begin, permitting one unearned run and 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings whereas hanging out eight and strolling two.
“We’ve talked about that we’re going to have a lot of good things that happen with young players,” Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton. “We’re going to continue to funnel young players through. Today we saw two rookies do something really special.”
GONE TO THE DOGS
Melancon has introduced his canine alongside for his workforce’s 10-game street journey that started Friday. The Labrador retriever, named Lou Holtz after the previous Notre Dame soccer coach, has been an enormous hit with the remainder of the gamers whereas roaming by means of the clubhouse.
Diamondbacks: Luplow (bruised left foot) was within the beginning lineup for the primary time in every week because the DH. He did pinch-hit Tuesday in opposition to Atlanta.
Pirates: Triple-A Indianapolis RHP Max Kranick underwent Tommy John elbow ligament substitute surgical procedure Friday and can miss the rest of the season and sure most or all of 2023. Kranick made his main league debut final 12 months.
Diamondbacks: RHP Zac Gallen (4-0, 2.32 ERA) is scheduled to begin the finale of the three-game collection Sunday. He is 6-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his final 11 begins courting to final season.
Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (2-4, 5.18) makes his first begin in June after having a 2.45 ERA in May.
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