- Karla Uriarte
A 7-run Pirate fourth against Gallen leads to a 13-3 Pittsburgh win
Pittsburgh Pirates dominate the Arizona Diamondbacks in 13-3 victory in a lopsided matchup at PNC Park, Friday night.
The Arizona Diamondbacks suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending with a score of 13-3. The Pirates displayed a formidable game plan against Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen, executing it flawlessly throughout the game.
The game started promisingly for Gallen, who had a quick first inning. However, trouble began in the second inning when the Pirates launched an offensive onslaught. Carlos Santana kick-started the inning with a double, followed by back-to-back doubles from Ke'Bryan Hayes, driving in runs. Gallen managed to limit the damage to one run, but it was just the beginning of the Pirates' dominance.
The Diamondbacks managed to equalize with a home run from Geraldo Perdomo in the third inning, but the tide quickly turned in the fourth inning. The Pirates took full advantage and found success by hitting balls over the outfielders' heads and finding gaps in the defense. It was a disastrous inning for Gallen, possibly the worst start of his career, as he struggled to find his rhythm during 3.2 innings. He ended the game with more walks then strikeouts, surrendering eight hits, and five earned runs in total, ending a historic run.
Gallen acknowledged his shortcomings, admitting to a lack of execution and missed spots. “It just comes down to not executing pitches, just missing spots really,” he tells Bally Sports.
The surprise of the night was Pirates starter Johan Oviedo, who had been winless in his previous four starts. He had a stellar performance, effectively controlling the Diamondbacks' hitters, allowing only one run on Perdomo's homer. Oviedo recorded seven strikeouts and yielded just two hits in six innings pitched.
The Pirates' offense was relentless, amassing a total of 17 hits and scoring 13 runs. Ke'Bryan Hayes and Bryan Reynolds emerged as significant offensive threats for the Pirates throughout the game, contributing to their dominant victory over the Diamondbacks. In contrast, Arizona could only muster four hits throughout the game. The outcome was a testament to the Pirates' dominance on the field.
Despite some individual highlights, such as Perdomo's home run and Josh Rojas' multiple hits, the Diamondbacks couldn't overcome their struggles. Gallen's performance was uncharacteristically poor, and the team couldn't recover against the impressive pitching of Oviedo.
Looking ahead, the Diamondbacks face a crucial game in the next matchup as they aim to bounce back and continue in the series. The team remains determined to regroup and perform better in the upcoming games.