Final: Pittsburgh Pirates 7, Philadelphia Phillies 4 ❖ Attendance: 35,802
Pittsburgh, PA — At first, it was a back and forth battle on the offensive front, with frequent switches between the Philadelphia Phillies (45-54) having a one run lead and it being a tie game. But in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates (50-47) took a lead that the Phils ultimately couldn't catch. It's not that the Phillies weren't hitting; for once, they were actually getting hits. The problem was a lack of clutch hits. Over the course of the game, fourteen runners were left on base. Twice, the Phillies were unable to capitalize with the bases loaded. It wasn't enough to score a few runs. The Phils were unable to take advantage of the many opportunities they had to break the game wide open.
After three hit batters last night, two more Phils, Cameron Rupp and starter Aaron Nola, were hit by pitches during today's game. The big concern was Rupp, who was hit on the ear flap of his helmet and probably would have been hit in the face or head if he hadn't turned at the last second. Rupp was immediately removed from the game and during the broadcast, the commentators reported that he had passed all of the concussion tests.
WP: Juan Nicasio (8-6, 5.07 ERA) ❖ LP: Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75 ERA) ❖ SV: Mark Melancon (29)