Pirates Edge Phillies on Play at the Plate
Written by: Steve Fallon
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
The Pirates secured a hard-fought 6-5 win over the Phillies Tuesday with a phenomenal defensive play nailing the potential tying run at home plate.
With the Pirates leading 6-3 in the top of the 5th, the Phillies loaded the bases on a pair of walks and a hit batter sandwiched between a pair of Sean L. strikeouts. A sharp single to right by Matt C. was fielded cleanly by Chris who relayed to Mike for the throw to the plate, where Sean G. applied the tag securing the victory.
"A perfectly sound fundamental baseball play." remarked the Coach. "There are not many teams in this league that can play that kind of defensive and exhibit such awareness."
The Pirates (4-0-1) struggled at the plate in the early going stranding 8 runners on base through 3 innings. Fortunately strong pitching by Jarret and some strong defense limited the Phillies to a pair of runs and a 2-2 tie through 3.
The Pirates exploded for 4 in the 4th. Jacob led off with a single and scored on the first of Steve's 2 rbi singles. Jarret then blasted an inside-the-park homerun giving the Pirates the lead for good. Jarret's home run pushed his team leading RBI total to 12 for the year.
Other offensive leaders were Mike (rbi single)and Sean G. (1/1 1R 1RBI), and Chris (RBI).
Sean L. pitched two strong innings in relief and Conor added a double and a run saving play defensively at second.
The gameball was awarded to Sean G. for his rbi single and the play at home plate holding on to the ball while tagging the sliding runner.
The Pirates play Saturday against the Royals.
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