The Pirates took the middle game of a three-game set Saturday night in Anaheim as Pittsburgh defeated the Angels by a final score of 3-0
In just his second full inning of work out of the bullpen, Osvaldo Bido dealt with some trouble out on the base paths as after Mickey Moniak and Mike Moustakas singled along with a Taylor Ward walk, the Angels had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Bido hunkered down however getting Matt Thaiss to line to Nick Gonzales who quickly flipped onto Peguero at short to record a crucial double play.
With Los Angeles still with a threat to score with runners at the corners and two outs in the inning Bido worked his way out of the jam getting Hunter Renfroe to chase a slider in the dirt to end the inning.
The momentum seemed to shift for the Pirates after getting out of the bases-loaded jam in the bottom half of the fourth inning as the Pirates put up a pair of runs as Bryan Reynolds singled to score Connor Joe from second while Carlos Santana legged out an RBI two-out double.
Pittsburgh would tack on one more run in the top of the sixth inning as Endy Rodriguez hit his first major league career home run off of Angels reliever Gerardo Reyes.
After Bido pitched the bulk of the innings, the Pirates bullpen shut the door on Los Angeles pitching four scoreless innings in route to the win as Jose Hernandez, Carmen Mlodzinski, and David Bednar combined for (six) strikeouts and one walk.
After the Pirates worked themselves out of a precarious situation in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Angels had the bases loaded with nobody out, The Pirates struck for two runs the next time they came up to the plate as Bryan Reynolds scored Connor Joe from second base to open up the scoring for the Pirates while Carlos Santana hit an RBI double to give the Pirates some insurance.
Star of the Game
Bryan Reynolds put together a much-needed performance Saturday night as he went 2-5 with an RBI which put the Pirates in front against the Angels.
Stat of Interest
At 23 years old, Pirates rookie catcher Endy Rodriguez becomes the Pirates youngest catcher since Jason Kendall to hit a home run.
- With Endy Rodriguez’s first major league home run in the sixth inning, he becomes the fifth Pirate this season to hit his first major league home run.
- Bryan Reynolds recorded his first multi-hit game since July 16 against the Giants with his two hits this evening.
- Andrew McCutchen recorded his 50th walk of the season in the sixth inning off of Geraldo Reyes.
- Pittsburgh recorded their first shutout since defeating the Detroit Tigers on the road 8-0 back on May 17.
The Pirates will conclude their three-game set in Anaheim tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Angels at 4:07 p.m. in the series finale. Pittsburgh’s ace Mitch Keller will be on the mound for the Pirates as they will face former Pittsburgh left-hander Tyler Anderson.