The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t had a winning record since 1992. The way their rookies are playing, that streak should end before long.
The Pirates hope for another strong game out of their young players as they wrap up a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park.
The Pirates beat the Dodgers 9-4 on Saturday for just their third win in 11 games. Two of those victories belong to rookie Zach Duke, who on Saturday became only the second rookie in Pirates history to win his first five decisions as a starter.
Jason Bay, last season’s rookie of the year drove in three runs, including two on a second-inning double.
Second-year player Jose Castillo drove in two runs, Jack Wilson homered and Freddy Sanchez had three hits for the Pirates, who can win their first series since taking three of four from Colorado July 21-24 with a victory in Sunday’s finale.
“We’ve swung the bats well the last couple of days,” Wilson said. “It was good to give our starting pitcher some more cushion and keep on scoring runs for him.”
Olmedo Saenz hit his career-high 12th homer of the season, and second in as many games for the Dodgers, who lost for the ninth time in 14 games.
Los Angeles had won seven in a row in Pittsburgh since 2002 and nine straight against the Pirates since 2003. Pittsburgh is just 3-14 against the Dodgers at PNC.