It was the Pirates who struck first, a two-out bloop double in the opening frame, giving them an early 1-0 lead. The D-backs bats went quietly early, but Chris Iannetta got the D-backs on the board, with a monster bomb that hit off the upper-half of the batter’s eye in center field. Patrick Corbin then drew a walk, and the Pirates’ pitcher melted faster than mild cheddar. The next four straight batters also reached base, and Brandon Drury capped the seven-run inning with a three-run shot. The D-backs sent nine more to the plate in the fourth, scoring another four, and cruised to victory the rest of the way.
Patrick Corbin wasn’t brilliant, but was good enough, going six innings and allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. J.J. Hoover, Andrew Chafin and Tom Wilhelmsen took things the rest of the way, but there was a grim moment in the bottom of the seventh when Iannetta took a fastball right to the nose. He got up under his own steam, but if it wasn’t broken, I’d be very, very surprised. Drury was a triple short of the cycle, while Jake Lamb and David Peralta each had three hit nights.