Final: Diamondbacks 6, Pirates 5 (box)
Combine a 14 inning game with a 91 minute, 12th inning rain delay and you’ve got yourself the opposite of what we saw yesterday.
The Pirates looked like they were on their way to their 2nd straight scoreless outing as Arizona starter Zack Godley didn’t allow a hit until a 4th inning John Jason single. The offense then started to click in the 5th when Andrew McCutchen and Jose Osuna started off the inning with back to back doubles. Gregory Polanco would tie the game at two later that inning with a pinch hit single to score Osuna. It was Polanco’s first game action since leaving the series opener Monday with what has been diagnosed as a bruised foot.
Chad Kuhl had one of his better outings of late allowing just two runs over five innings. Kuhl would hand over the 2-2 game to Daniel Hudson, who would quickly give the lead back to Arizona on a Paul Goldschmidt home run and Chris Ianetta RBI ground out. Hudson had gone six straight appearances without surrendering a run.
The Pirates would cut the Diamondbacks lead to 4-3 on a David Freese fielder’s choice in the bottom half of the 6th. It would remain 4-3 until the bottom of the 9th with Fernando Rodney on to pick up the save for Arizona. Rodney walked Francisco Cervelli to lead off the inning and would then walk McCutchen. Gift Ngoepe was then called upon to bunt the runners over, but an error by Goldschmidt allowed everyone to be safe. The Pirates found themselves with the bases loaded and no outs and tied it on a great double play by Chris Owings on Jordy Mercer. That one run would be all the Pirates could get.
It would remain 4-4 until the top of the 11th inning when Nick Ahmed broke the tie with a solo home run off Johnny Barbato. J.J. Hoover would come on for the save in the bottom half and struck out McCutchen and pinch-hitter Gerrit Cole to quickly retire the first two. But then Jordy Mercer, in the pouring rain, tied it up yet again with a home run of his own, his 5th of the year.
Following that inning, the tarp was put on the field and there was a 1:31 rain delay before play resumed in the 12th. Jhan Marinez was the only pitcher left for the Pirates so it was do or die. He was able to put up zeroes in the 12th and 13th, but ultimately surrendered the game deciding run in the 14th inning when Owings singled in David Peralta.
McCutchen continued to look comfortable, extending his hitting streak to seven by going 2 for 4 with a double and two walks. Adam Frazier went 0 for 7 out of the lead off spot as his average dips to .311.
The Pirates are now off before heading to New York to face the Mets on Friday. Gerrit Cole will go up against Matt Harvey.