It was a tough week for the Pirates, who went 1-5 as April ended and the calendar flipped to May. After getting swept by the Brewers, the Pirates dropped two of three to the Padres. The lone win of the week came on Saturday and was the Bucs first walk-off win of the season.
Despite to tough week, the Pirates had a few guys who turned in good performances.
Third Star: Mitch Keller – 2 starts, 10.2 innings, 5 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts
Keller’s first start of the week against the Brewers didn’t go so well as the right-hander allowed four runs in 4.2 innings. His start on Sunday, on the other hand, was terrific. Keller held the Padres to one run over six innings on five hits, no walks and he punched out five.
That makes two out of three strong starts for Keller, who the Pirates need to show consistency and continue to produce these kind of games moving forward.
Second Star: Jose Quintana – 1 start, 5 innings, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts
Quintana’s start began as bad as it can get as he allowed a home run to Andrew McCutchen on the first pitch of the game. The southpaw quickly settled in and turned in his strongest start of the year, picking up an impressive nine strike outs against zero walks on the afternoon.
Q putting up Ks. pic.twitter.com/UNBlqG5Gt2
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 28, 2022
First Star: Ke’Bryan Hayes – .350/.462/.400, 7 for 20, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 5 runs
Hayes continued his impressive start to the season, leading the Bucs offense through an otherwise lackluster week from the lineup. He continued his stretch of recording base hits and getting on base.
One of the five runs Hayes scored on the week was the winning run in the Pirates extra-inning walk-off win over the Brewers, shortly after tying the game with an RBI-single.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 1, 2022
Though he didn’t make the cut, shoutout to Jake Marisnick, who made one of the catches of the year against the Padres.
— MLB (@MLB) May 1, 2022
Check back next week for the Pirates top performers as the embark on a road trip that will take them to Detroit and Cincinnati.