Another Pittsburgh Pirates road trip is in the books. It was a brief one, as the Bucs were only away for one four-game series with the Atlanta Braves, but the trip did not lack in excitement, to say the least.
The series started Monday night, where the Bucs fell 5-2, as neither Gerrit Cole nor the offense were sharp. Tuesday was a fun one. With the Bucs nursing a 3-2 lead after 6 1/2 innings, a long rain delay pushed the game back over three hours. After play had resumed in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bucs lost the lead, got it back, and finally, just before 2 a.m., Matt Adams walked off a 6-5 win for the Bravos.
Wednesday looked like it would end in more disappointment. After the Bucs had played solid baseball for 5.1 innings, Atlanta scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. The Braves added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and then the fun started. A two-out, bases loaded single from Jose Osuna tied the game at five, and then, the Bucs exploded for seven runs in the top of the tenth that included back-to-back-to-back jacks from David Freese, Osuna, and Jordy Mercer, to come away with a shocking 12-5 victory.
The Pirates trip was more encouraging than the series split would suggest, and here is a breakdown of how the team performed in the main facets of the game, using a report card format.