The Pittsburgh Pirates snapped their two game losing streak on Wednesday night
Baseball is the greatest game on the planet. As ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian likes to point out, every night at the ballpark you may see something you have never seen before. This happened at PNC Park on Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Pirates made history.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers went to extra innings tied at zero. Additionally, the Pirates did not record a base hit through 9 innings of play. Despite this, the Pirates were still victorious in an unforgettable game on Wednesday night when they became the first team in Major League history to breakup a no-hitter with a walk-off home run.
Wednesday night’s victory was the first of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Los Angeles Dodger. After defeating the Dodgers by a score of 1-0 the Pirates find themselves with an overall record of 61-66 on the season. That includes now being 3-4 on their current eight game homestand.
Trevor Williams started for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday and was looking for a bounce back start in two different ways. First off, his last start was arguably the worst start of his Major League career. Last Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals Williams allowed 8 runs on 7 hits, a pair of walks, and a career-high 3 home runs allowed in just 3 innings pitched.
Secondly, if his last start was not the worst start of his career than his worst start was his first start this season and that start came against these Dodgers. In that start, he allowed 8 runs on 7 hits and a pair of home runs in 3 innings pitched.
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Trevor Williams would bounce back, and in a big way, on Wednesday night by turning in arguably the best start of his young Major League career.
He held the high-powered Dodgers offense off the board through the game’s first 4 innings. In the top of the 4th inning, he got some help from Josh Harrison who made an incredible diving play going to his right to rob Logan Forsythe of a RBI single.
Logan Forsythe would double for the Dodgers to lead off the top of the 7th inning. Then with two outs, Trevor Williams issued a four-pitch walk to Chris Taylor. However, he then got Corey Seager, who had been 3-for-3, to ground out to end the inning. Keeping the game scoreless.
In the top of the 8th inning, the Dodgers would threaten against Trevor Williams yet again. Curtis Granderson walked to start the inning and then Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch with one out. After Chase Utley popped out to center field for the second out of the inning, Logan Forsythe hit a ball that seemed ticketed for left field. However, Jordy Mercer made an incredible leaping grab to rob Forsythe of
Curtis Granderson walked to start the inning and then Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch with one out. After Chase Utley popped out to center field for the second out of the inning, Logan Forsythe hit a ball that seemed ticketed for left field. However, Jordy Mercer made an incredible leaping grab to rob Forsythe of a RBI and the Dodgers of the game’s first run.
Trevor Williams pitched a career-high 8 innings on Wednesday night and held the high-powered Dodger offense scoreless. He allowed 7 hits, he walked 4, and he struck out 5. Williams was absolutely fantastic on Wednesday night.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, for as good as Trevor Williams was on Wednesday night Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill was somehow even better. Hill was perfect through 8 innings of work. Jordy Mercer would reach on a Logan Forsythe error to start the bottom of the 9th inning and break up the perfect game, however, his no-hitter was still in tact.
After Juan Nicasio had a 1-2-3 top of the 10th inning, Rich Hill took the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning with the no-hitter still in tact. Josh Harrison led off the inning and promptly ended both Hill’s no-hit bid and the game, all while making Major League history.
Josh Harrison blasted his career-high 16th home run of the season over the left field wall to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0 victory. This made Harrison the first player in Major League history to break up a no-hit bid with a walk-off home run. Wednesday night’s game was one of the most memorable regular season games in the history of PNC Park and is one no Pirate fan will forget anytime soon.
Wednesday night’s game was one of the most memorable regular season games in the history of PNC Park and is one no Pirate fan will forget anytime soon.
While the 2017 season has been a disappointing one for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday night’s game was a very memorable one. The Bucs record just one hit on Wednesday night, it did not come until the 10th inning, and they were still victorious by a 1-0 score via a walk-off home run.
The fourth and final game of this series is scheduled for 4:05 tomorrow afternoon. Chad Kuhl will start for the Pirates and the Dodgers will send lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound. The Pirates will be looking to split this series against the Dodgers.