Beating the Pirates in Pittsburgh is a tough feat to do once, let alone twice.
The Arizona Diamondbacks recently defeated the Pirates on Monday night, which gave them just their 19th home loss of the season, the second fewest in baseball.
And it stayed at 19 after the Pirates defeated the D-backs 9-8 in 15 innings at PNC Park on Tuesday night thanks to a walk-off triple from Pedro Florimon.
D-backs pitcher Keith Hessler got the first two batters out in the 15th inning before giving up a base hit to Francisco Cervelli, before Florimon whacked a hit off the right field wall to bring home the winning run.
The Pirates needed 15 innings thanks to a huge D-backs comeback that saw them overcome a 8-3 deficit in the final two innings.
After a rough start for Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano, in which he gave up three runs in the first two innings, he settled down and kept the D-backs off the board until the 8th inning when the Snakes tallied three runs off Liriano and the Pirates bullpen.
Paul Goldschmidt was able to tie the game in the ninth when a line drive went off the glove of Pirates first baseman Sean Rodriguez that brought in the games tying runs.
The D-backs MVP candidate then sent the game into extra-innings when he made a game-saving catch on a line drive that would have scored the game-winning run for the Pirates.
Let’s take a look at tonight’s game, by the numbers.
A.J. Pollock quickly extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to lead off the game. Pollock is hitting .386 (17-for-44) during his streak.
The number of triples hit by the D-backs this year, which leads all of baseball.
The number of RBI by Paul Goldschmidt over his last 12 games, including two tonight.
The number of consecutive scoreless innings from Andrew Chafin, which is the second-most in D-backs history among rookie pitchers. Josh Collmenter’s 24 consecutive scoreless innings in 2011 is the record.
Tonight was just the 21st loss from the Snakes when scoring four runs or more. They are now 49-21 when tallying more than four runs.
The number of runs scored in the D-backs last nine games.
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