The Pirates had an interesting week to say the least. The Bucs had two rainouts and played a pair doubleheaders in a four-day stretch. The Bucs split a doubleheader with the Tigers before only managing to take one out of three games from the lowly Reds in Cincinnati, finishing the week with a 2-3 record.
As usual, there were a few standout performances from a few players, here are the top three.
Third Star: David Bednar – 2 appearances, 3 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 saves
Bednar made two appearances out of the bullpen for the Pirates this week and picked up a save in each outing. He was flat out dominant, allowing just one baserunner and recording strikeouts for six of the nine outs he recorded.
Bednar has been exceptional out of the bullpen again this year for the Pirates and will continue to get save opportunities and high leverage appearances as the season marches on.
Our favorite Martian 👽 pic.twitter.com/MMsmWn77k7
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 5, 2022
Second Star: Bryan Reynolds – .300/.364/.700, 6 for 20, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 RBIs, 5 games
Reynolds is starting to breakout of is early-season slump and look more like the player he was when he was named an All-Star a season ago. The Bucs centerfielder really showcased his power with four extra-base hits including a pair of homers. One of those homers was part of a three-homer first inning from the Pirates lineup on Saturday night, the first time in franchise history that feat has been accomplished.
We love Bryan bombs! pic.twitter.com/0txTWpdYWZ
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 7, 2022
First Star: Ben Gamel – .476/.500/.810, 10 for 21, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 5 games
Talk about a big week as Gamel did a little bit of everything for the Bucs. He hit and hit for power and set the tone for the Pirates lineup from the leadoff spot. His six RBIs on the week now give him the most on the team.
Thanks to his production, Gamel increased his batting average by 63 points to .293 and saw his OPS rise from .647 to .814.
BEN GAMEL TO THE MOON!! pic.twitter.com/Y9VZqG0MM7
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 8, 2022
This week, the Pirates have a seven-game homestand starting Monday night when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pittsburgh then has a four-game set with the Reds. Check back next week for the top three performers from the homestand.