Phillies Take Series Against Pirates

Scott MaloneAnalyst IDecember 20, 2016

The pesky Pittsburgh Pirates once again refused to just let the Philadelphia Phillies win.

After the rain delay, the Buccos got the scoring started with a pair of two out doubles in the top of the second off of Jamie Moyer. Doug Mientkiewicz brought home Ryan Doumit to give them a 1-0 lead early on.

The lead would last until the bottom of the third, when Pirates' starter Jason Davis threw away the ball, allowing Carlos Ruiz to score from first on what was originally a sacrifice bunt, while Moyer was able to get to third.

Jimmy Rollins then hit a sac fly to center that easily scored Moyer from third.

The score of 2-1 would last until the sixth, when former Phillie Jason Michaels delivered a clutch two out, two RBI double off of Moyer to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead.

Pirates starter Jason Davis pitched six strong innings, surrendering just four hits and two unearned runs, while walking four and striking out three.

However, the lead would not last, as reliever Tyler Yates gave up three runs in the seventh. The first coming off a pair of back to back doubles by Carlos Ruiz and Greg Dobbs.

Then, after a wild pitch that saw Dobbs move up to third, Yates got two outs before serving up a two run shot to Chase Utley to make it a 5-3 game.

In the eighth, Craig Hansen came in for Yates, and after walking Jayson Werth to lead off the inning, got a ground out from Geoff Jenkins. Hansen uncrked a wild pitch which moved Werth over to third. Eric Bruntlett grounded out, and then catcher Ryan Doumit failed to block another wild pitch from Hansen, as Werth scored.

The Phils got another solid effort from Jamie Moyer, going six srong, surrendering seven hits, three earned, while walking two and striking out five. After Moyer left, the bullpen surrendered just one hit as Ryan Madson got his first save of the season.

The final: 6-3.

The Phils now head to a seven game west coast trip to LA and San Diego.