Pirates (33-55) Take Game 1 of the DH Behind Strong Performance by Tyler Anderson

7-10-21 – By Gary Morgan

Tyler Anderson wasn’t lights out today.

There were moments when you felt the Mets were going to crack through, but through five innings Tyler Anderson had given up two runs and hit a homerun of his own to give his club the lead 3-2.

In the 4th inning the Pirates and John Nogowski gave the team the lead with one swing of the bat from the big man.

And hey, a pitcher jacks one I’m making you watch it.

Now, after five innings, Tyler was at 65 pitches and for some reason they pulled him from the game. Granted it was a 3-2 lead. Granted there were a bunch of righty’s coming up. But Anderson was really settled in and looked easily capable of finishing this one.

To me this was a confusing move.

But Bryan Reynolds who was earlier robbed of a homerun…

Made amends for the robbery.

I mean why participate in the home run derby when that’s just the regular season for you?

They would tack on one more in the 7th as Jared Oliva singled and moved to second before being driven in to make it 6-2 Buccos.

I’ll be back in a couple hours with game two featuring Max Kranick and Tylor Megill.

News & Notes

  • Tyler Anderson was the first Pirates pitcher to hit a homerun since Steven Brault in 2019 vs Colorado
  • John Nogowski has the most hits in his first five games as a Pirates in 108 years. Yup.
  • Suddenly Ben Gamel is scuffling a bit. And before you take that as I’m down on him, this is what he is. Some weeks he’s gonna look like he could carry your offense, others you’ll wonder why he plays baseball. That’s ok for what his role should be.
  • That’s enough for now, I’ll be back with more after game 2.

Published by Gary Morgan

Former contributor for Inside the Pirates an SI Team Channel

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