The Arizona Diamondbacks were competitive, but they fell just short of a series win against Pittsburgh.
Heading into the series against, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Arizona Diamondbacks were coming off a close series loss to the Atlanta Braves. With a Pittsburgh Pirates team that was red hot, the Diamondbacks would have their hands full. Still, the young Diamondbacks gave the Pirates everything they had in the three games they squared off against each other.
Game 1: Diamondbacks 4 Pirates 1
The Diamondbacks turned a lot of heads in Game 1 of the three-game set as they took it to the Pirates right away. Gerrit Cole, who is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, immediately gave up two runs in the first, and then one in the second and a home run to Jake Lamb in the fourth.
Behind a stellar outing from Jeremy Hellickson, the Diamondbacks would only give up one run, and would start the series with a huge win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Game 2: Diamondbacks 8 Pirates 9 (15)
With a chance to reach the .500 mark yet again, the Diamondbacks struggled with their starting pitching. They got two early leads on the Pirates, but the pitching of Chase Anderson put the team in an 8-3 hole. Against Pittsburgh on the road, that should of been all for the Diamondbacks.
A furious rally in the eighth inning put Arizona within two, and after a sharp hit by Paul Goldschmidt caused an error by Pedro Alvarez, the Diamondbacks had suddenly tied the game, and had a chance to win the series in extra innings.
Game 3: Diamondbacks 1 Pirates 4
After taking it to J.A. Happ when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners a few weeks ago in Seattle, the Arizona Diamondbacks had no answer for him this time in Pittsburgh. Robbie Ray gave up three quick runs, and that would be all that Pittsburgh would need.
Happ only allowed two hits in six innings of shutout baseball, and the only Diamondbacks run came courtesy of a Paul Goldschmidt single. Sean Rodriguez would go 3-4 on the night to lead the way for Pittsburgh offensively.
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