Bullpen steps up in game three
The lone victory of the series came on the back of the Pirate bullpen. Without a starting pitcher available, the Pirates went with a bullpen game on Sunday. Seven Pirate pitchers stepped up to help the team pick up a victory.
Carmen Mlodzinski started, pitching 1.1 hitless innings. Mlodzinski walked a pair and struck a batter out. However, he was charged with an unearned run due to an Austin Hedges throwing error in the 1st inning.
Ryan Borucki followed Mlodzinski. Borucki allowed a solo home run, but retired the other five batters he faced to go with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched.
Pitching on three days rest, Osvaldo Bido made his first MLB relief appearance. He allowed a lead off double in the 4th inning but did a great job of stranding the runner. Bido went on to pitch 1.1 scoreless innings.
Angel Perdomo allowed a hit in a scoreless inning pitched. Yerry De Los Santos inherited a runner on third base with just one out in the 6th inning, but two ground ball outs to strand the runner. De Los Santos then fired a scoreless 7th inning.
The 8th inning saw Colin Holderman bounce back after blowing an 8th inning lead in game two to post a zero. Then in the 9th inning, it was David Bednar time. Like Holderman, Bednar was able to bounce back from failing to hold a lead in game two. After issuing a walk to star the bottom of the 9th, the NL All-Star retired the next three batters to close out the Pirate victory.