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Low-Market Pirates Are Off To A Great Start

For the Pirates’ home opener of the 2023 season, the North Shore and PNC Park were the places to be Friday afternoon! It was an exciting day at PNC Park, from the new scoreboard, to the new food items, giveaways, to the new entry system and, of course, Andrew McCutchen’s return. With six RBIs, Brian Reynolds led the charge, while teammate Connor Joe had four hits. McCutchen contributed two hits to the Pirates’ 19 hits as a team. The Governor, former Pirates, and families of two local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty all appeared before the game.

Pirates v. White Sox – April 7

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago White Sox 13-9 on Saturday to mark Andrew McCutchen’s return home. Bryan Reynolds hit a home ball and knocked in six runs. In the third inning, Reynolds launched a two-run home run, then in the fifth, he tripled to clear the bases. When third baseman Yoán Moncada missed the relay throw from Chicago second baseman Elvis Andrus, Reynolds leaped up and sprinted home. Since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1971, Reynolds’ five home runs this season are the most by a Pirate through seven games.

Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the third and a bases-clearing triple in the fifth. Reynolds popped up and raced home when the relay throw from Chicago second baseman Elvis Andrus skipped by third baseman Yoán Moncada. Reynolds’ five home runs this season are the most by a Pirate through seven games since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell in 1971.

In four innings, Lucas Giolito, who no-hit the Pirates in 2020, gave up seven runs and a career-high 12 hits. In relief, Jake Diekman (1-0) fared no better. In the fifth, after retiring the first batter he faced, he allowed the next four batters to reach, including Delay, who singled to score the winning run.

Reynolds laced a shot to the right-field corner as Jimmy Lambert entered the game to face him, giving the Pirates their fourth straight victory.

Rich Hill, the starter for Pittsburgh, struggled as the White Sox pummeled his assortment of breaking pitches, the most of which didn’t exceed 75 mph. In four and a half innings, Hill surrendered seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs.

The White Sox promoted right-hander Jesse Scholtens from Triple-A Charlotte and assigned veteran reliever José Ruiz for assignment. The 28-year-old Ruiz had trouble in four games for Chicago this year. His ERA increased to 22.04 after giving up multiple runs in each of his last three appearances. In three innings of work, Scholtens, 29, gave up just one run in his major league debut.

Rest of the Series

On Saturday, Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.00 ERA) of Chicago will take on Vince Velasquez. (0-1, 5.79 ERA). In his first game for the White Sox last Sunday against Houston, Clevinger tossed five scoreless innings.

 
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