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Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 1: Keelhauling

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The Diamondbacks got enough offense and a bend-but-don't-break performance from the bullpen to take the first of three in Pittsburgh.

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First things first, nobody was hit by a pitch. You may exhale.

Beyond that, the Diamondbacks went into Pittsburgh, for the first of three games against the Pirates, the team that plays in PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are many factors that went into the August 17th, 2015 game between the Pirates and the Diamondbacks, some of these factors include: Pitching, Hitting, and Fielding. Other factors included the starting pitchers: Gerrit Cole for the Pirates and Jeremy Hellickson for the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks did all three of these preciously mentioned factors in combination better than the Pirates and came away with the win.

The Diamondbacks got the scoring off in the first thanks to a David Peralta double scoring A.J. Pollock (who had tripled) to make it 1-0 in the first. Welington Castillo hit a long single to score Peralta to make it 2-0 off of Cole. In the next at-bat, Jeremy Hellickson got a bloop single aided by a drawn-in infield that scored Chris Owings to make it 3-0. That was Hellickson's 7th RBI, tying him with Matt Harvey and Madison Bumgarner for the lead among pitchers.

In the 4th Jake Lamb hit a solo shot to make it 4-0. However, due to a review because the boundaries at PNC Park are wonky (I recall some shenanigans at Dodgers-Pirates game a few weeks back involving Home Run Line.), but it was upheld on review.

Hellickson was pitching hastily, by his standards, getting through the Pirate lineup without much fuss, despite giving up a Home Run to Pedro Alvarez in the 5th to make it 4-1. However, he ran into some roadblocks in the 6th inning. After Chris Owings errored to allow a runner, Hellickson walked the next batter. In the middle of that at-bat, trainers came out to see him, but he stayed in the game. Briefly, anyway, because he would be lifted after said at-bat for Randall Delgado, who got a strike out and a ground out to end the threat. It was later revealed that Hellickson was suffering dehydration and cramping.

Keith Hessler came into the game in the 7th. He got Neil Walker to fly out, but took a ball off the leg from Alvarez on a single, and he had to leave the game in favor of Addison Reed. Reed proceeded to walk Francisco Cervelli and allow a seeing-eye single to Travis Ishikawa to lead the bases for the currently hot Gregory Polanco, though he got him to strike out and got Starling Marte to fly out to limit the damage to 0.

Daniel Hudson pitched a scoreless 8th, though with two hits allowed. Brad Ziegler came in to close it out in the 9th and proceeded to give up a walk to Cervelli. After throwing two balls to Sean Rodriguez, Mike Harkey came out for a chat and Ziegler did his thing and induced a double play and then got Polanco to ground out to end the game.



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