The week began on the right foot for the Pirates as they took three out of four games against the Cubs at PNC Park. The Bucs then played some decent ball against the Rays in Tampa, but were ultimately swept by the Rays in a three-game series.
A number of Pirates players had strong performances on the week — both position players and pitchers. Here are the top three performers from this past week.
Third Star: Bryan Reynolds – .308/.345/.500, 8 for 26, one triple, one homerun, four RBIs, four runs, seven games
Reynolds continued his red-hot month of June with a strong performance at the plate for the Bucs. He collected at least one hit in six out of his seven games played, and produced with runners in scoring position after struggling in that department to begin the season.
Reynolds delivers! pic.twitter.com/SdqiSj4vVP
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 25, 2022
Second Star: JT Brubaker – Two starts, 12 innings, three earned runs, 14 hits, three walks, 11 strikeouts
The Pirates have to be pleased with the way Brubaker has pitched for much of the season so far and that continued in his two starts this week. The right-hander picked up his first win of the season after tossing six scoreless innings against the Cubs on Monday, and he delivered six strong innings against the Rays over the weekend.
Brubaker has turned in quality performances down the stretch for the Bucs, and has given them some much-needed length as he has worked deep into his starts of late.
First Star: Bligh Madris – .360/.360/.640, 9 for 25, four doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, four runs, one stolen base, six games
Madris’ first week in the big leagues went about as good as it could have. He hit, hit for power and flashed solid defense in the outfield. The 26-year-old provided a big boost to the Bucs lineup and paved the way to a strong week for the club with the bats.
Madris’ excellent week included his first career homerun against the Cubs.
BIG FLY BLIGH pic.twitter.com/d9ZV8yIaQu
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 22, 2022
The Bucs head to the nation’s capital for a three-game series with the Nationals. The Pirates will then play host to the Milwaukee Brewers for a four-game set against the Crew, looking to defeat the Brewers for the first time this season. Check back next week for the Bucs top three performers.