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Whacky Game Ends With Marlins Walk-Off 6-5, Sweep Eludes Again

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Kranick kept the Pirates in it, two blown saves, and a walk-off win snub the Pirates of the ever-elusive sweep as they fall 6-5 in Miami.

Kranick started the game for the Pirates in a historic fashion. Within the first seven batters he faced, Kranick would register six strikeouts in a row; the first Pirate to do so since Fransisco Liriano in 2013. Kranick seemed to be in good form through the first three innings of work.

The next two innings for Kranick were rather ugly; he seemed to go to his breaking stuff more often, and they would either hang in the middle of the zone or miss completely, making them a non-competitive pitch. With all of that being said, Kranick only gave up three runs in five innings of work. The bottom line, Kranick didn’t let the game get away.

The pen had a solid outing but thanks to a Chad Kuhl and Chris Stratton blown save, the Pirates fell to the fish in walk-off fashion.

The Pirates offense again didn’t have any problems getting on base; in fact, Pittsburgh had at least one base runner on through the first four innings. The only run scored through those first four innings was thanks to an error scoring Cole Tucker in the 2nd inning.

Tucker got another hit in this series to set up an RBI triple from Anthony Alford, cutting the Marlins lead to 3-2 in the 7th with no outs. With runners on the corners, the Pirates failed to tie the game, and the frustration continued.

All hope was gone going into the 9th inning for the Pirates, that is until Hoy Park delivered a one-out, two-run home run to take the lead 4-3!

Ben Gamel’s sac-fly in the 10th proved meaningless as the Pirates fell in the bottom of the 10th. The Pirates are now 0-15 in sweep opportunities.

Takeaways

WHIF!- Max Kranick battled the tough Sandy Alcantara all afternoon, and for the most part, he performed admirably. Kranick, on the afternoon, not only had a career-high in strikeouts, but he induced 19 total WHIFS and left with something to build on. 

RISP Issues- The Pirates’ offense had no issues with getting base runners on; the issue is driving them in; this is a common theme in ’21, and on the afternoon, the Pirates went 0-11 with runners in scoring position.     

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