The Pirates’ Chase De Jong struggled through a 36-pitch first inning last night, but both he and the Bucco bats turned it around after that.
Joe Block has a recap of a resounding Pirates win.
Manager Derek Shelton says it was great to see Chase De Jong get his first Pirates’ win.
Shelton says it was a not only a great night for Ben Gamel, it was a special night for the Pirates as a team.
Shelton singled out catcher Jacob Stallings for his work both at the plate and behind it.
Ben Gamel says his batting stroke recently has been a result of hard work to find a repeatable swing.
Chad Kuhl (2-5, 5.16 ERA) goes for the Pirates. He’s coming off a shortened outing caused by a blister the last time out. Ian Anderson (5-4, 3.35 ERA) pitches for the Braves. 6:40 airtime on WCCS.
The Pirates will have the top pick in Sunday’s first round of the MLB Draft, and Baseball America’s newest rankings are unchanged for the top 17 selections. The 18th choice is now Will Bednar, the brother of the Pirates’ David Bednar, who moves up in the rankings based on his performance at the College World Series.
The top five rated players are high school shortstops Jordan Lawlar and Marcelo Mayer, Vanderbilt university righthanded pitchers Jack Leither and Kumar Rocker, and Louisville catcher Henry Davis.
Former Pirate Neil Walker will announce the Bucs’ choice at the All-Star festivities in Denver on Sunday.