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Pirates Unable to Complete Sweep vs. Twins After Heller Implodes in 10th

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Jared Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates had a chance to complete the sweep over the Minnesota Twins but fell 11-5 after Ben Heller imploded in the 10th inning at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon.

The Twins tagged Heller (0-1) for seven runs, six of which were earned, on five hits. Heller walked one, hit three batters and struck out a pair.

Manuel Margot opened the onslaught with an RBI triple. After the Twins (34-31) loaded the bases against Heller, Willi Castro was hit with a pitch to plate another. Carlos Santana doubled home two and Carlos Correa plated a pair with a base hit. Max Kepler drove in the Twins’ seventh run of the extra frame with a single to left.

Jhoan Durán (1-2) was the winning pitcher after holding the Pirates (31-34) scoreless in the 10th.

Oneil Cruz plated a run for the Pirates in the bottom of the 10th with a base hit up the middle, but the Bucs came up well short.

Jared Jones had a shaky first inning and a bad break, allowing three runs, two of which were earned. 

With the bases loaded, Jose Miranda drew a walk to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Alek Kirilloff then beat out a double-play ball, allowing Correa to score from third.

Kepler moved up to third on Kirilloff’s fielder’s choice and scored on what was incorrectly ruled a passed ball. The pitch clearly hit Buxton’s bat, but home plate umpire Ryan Wills missed it. After the four umpires had a discussion, the original call stood.

After the first, Jones held the Twins scoreless over the next four innings. The rookie right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out three. 

The Pirates erased their early deficit, starting with a Jared Triolo base hit to left field after Rowdy Tellez ripped a double to right.

Henry Davis sparked a two-out rally in the fifth by drawing a free pass. His walk was followed by one drawn by Andrew McCutchen and a Bryan Reynolds RBI double, which extended his hitting streak to eight games. Connor Joe followed with a two-run triple into the notch in left-center field to put the Pirates ahead by a run.

Kyle Nicolas relieved Jones and recorded one out prior to exiting with the bases loaded. Pinch hitter Royce Lewis tied the game at 4-4 with a sacrifice fly to left off of Justin Bruihl.

Up Next

The Pirates are off on Monday and start a three-game series with the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday. Rookie sensation Paul Skenes (3-0, 3.00 ERA) will start for Pittsburgh opposite Miles Mikolas (4-6, 5.32 ERA). First pitch: 7:45 ET.

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john benedict

This one is all on Sheltless, a perfect example why he is unfit to manage anything

Last Tuesday vs LAD
Jones at 87 P after 5 inn

Bucs leading 1-0 with 4-6 hitters due up in the 6th

Sends him out with zero hesitation
13P finished with 100
NO PROBLEM

Sunday the same scenerio except for:

Jones at 83P and cruising after 5 inn
Bucs just handed him the lead
7-9 hitters due up for Twins

ALSO, the Pen is FUBAR

Decides to roll the dice with 57% strike thrower Kyle Nicolas
to face the 3 batter minimim

batter 1- FO

batter 2- Single
(wild pitch)

batter 3- HBP

He could have taken him out after watching just 2 of the 11 P find the zone

Nope, he makes a worse mistake, lets him throw 4 more pitches
none close to the zone
Now the bases are loaded and a SF ties the score

THEN HE BRINGS IN THE LEFTY TO WHAT, K-2 THE LAST 2 OUTS

How pumped do you think Jones was to nail down the 6th

Just handed a RARE lead and a chance to help the PEN

What do you think is going thru Jones and Skenes minds
when watching the MADNESS over and over again

He is the most challenged skip of all time and will continue to drag this team down

He truly is their worst enemy

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