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Snakes, Bitten: Pirates, Suwinski Beat Diamondbacks 2-1 with a Walk-Off Homer

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Despite the offensive woes throughout the game, the Pittsburgh Pirates walked it off in the 9th inning after a Jack Suwinski walk-off two-run home run.

Bryan Reynolds led the 9th inning off with a single giving way to this evening’s hero in Suwinski. A Mark Melecon curveball in a tough 3-2 count gave the Pirates an improbable 2-1 win. 

The Pirates will now go for a series win against the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon with Zach Thompson on the mound for the Pirates.

Contreras showed again that he belongs in the big leagues. Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Contreras had his plus slider in top form. Out of Contreras’ 13 swings and misses, his slider induced 10 of them. 

A big note from the Contreras outing was that he pitched the most pitches since coming to the big leagues with 98 pitches thrown. Out of those 98 pitches, Contreras threw 65 of them for strikes which sits right around 66%. 

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A wild-pitch walk from Contreras to Jordan Luplow allowed Ketel Marte to score in the top of the sixth to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.

Contreras’ final line read 5.2 innings pitched, four hits, one unearned run, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

Takeaways  

Ro is Legit- Although there were times when he had trouble putting batters away, the fastball was lively, his slider made opponents off-balance, and more importantly, he looked poised. It is not far-fetched to say Contreras has become a top of the rotation arm.

Eighteen in a row- Before the Pirates attempted a comeback in the eighth inning, Zach Davies retired 18-straight Pirates with well-placed balls. Command sometimes kills folks.

BANG!- Suwinski has shown extreme power potential coming into the series with five home runs. With one man on, Suwinski killed the Diamondback’s hope and sent the fans home happy with his sixth home run of the year. Those six home runs lead all National League rookies.

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