Pittsburgh Pirates: Jacob Stallings Walk Off Home Run Completes Comeback Against Giants

Photo Credit: David J Phillip/Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Pirates erased an early 4-0 deficit to come back and win in the third game of a four-game set against the San Francisco Giants, with Jacob Stallings delivering the game-winning home run, in walk-off fashion.

Things didn't get off to the best of starts for the Pirates, as Darin Ruff and Brandon Crawford both went deep on Tyler Anderson in the first inning, giving the Giants a 3-0 lead before the home team got a chance to hit.

It was a rare slip up start for Anderson, who left his fastball over the plate one time too many, as he was hit for four earned runs over his five innings of work. He did allow just one run over his final four innings of work, leaving the game close enough for the Pirates to be able to come back from.

The Pirates were able to chase starter Johnny Cueto before he was able to complete five innings of work, inching back into the game. 

In his first action with the Pirates at the Major League level, Kyle Keller allowed two a two-run shot by Mike Tauchman. Keller worked 1 1/3 innings in total, walked three and struck out two.

Pittsburgh scored four in the seventh inning, capped off by the two-run double by Stallings that tied the game.

He wrapped things up before the game could reach extra innings, as the Pirates 15th hit of the night was a Stallings long ball to clinch the comeback.

News And Notes

- Give props where props are due, Anderson didn't have his best stuff to start the day, giving up three runs in the first inning on two home runs. He was able to recollect himself and settle down for the final four frames he pitched.

He gets the no decision, but the comeback isn't possible had he not kept things collected after that inning.

- Polanco is starting to make solid contact again with the ball, the question will always remain how consistently he can do so. He drove the ball hard in what was the game-winning sacrifice fly and did so again in his double Saturday.

- Adam Frazier is amazing. He also leads the National League in hits. That is all.

- The Pirates sent down Miguel Yajure before the game, using that move to call up (Kyle) Keller. It wasn't the most popular of decisions by some of the fanbase and from the outside it can be a tough pill to swallow. 

Acquired in the Jameson Taillon trade, Yajure was brilliant against the Giants on Friday, pitching five innings of one hit, one walk baseball while striking out four. He needed just 57 pitched to get through the five frames.

While yes, it would be easier to keep Yajure in the rotation give the struggles with some of the other starters, the Pirates made the right decision to send the righty back to Triple-A. The whole point of him getting recalled was to give the starters an extra day of rest, something we knew was going to happen going into the season.

Yajure will eventually find his way into the rotation, most certainly this season. Just not yet. Keep him in a position to where the Pirates can monitor his innings. Remember, he is 23-years old and didn't pitch much last season. 

Let Anderson and Trevor Cahill do exactly what they were brought in to do, eat innings. Use them to get through the thick of the schedule and when things start to wind down and you've eased your younger arms back into the swing of things, then unleash Yajure and whoever else you feel like is ready.

If the organization is playing towards the future, what is really the rush to get Yajure into the rotation? It will come, it's just going to take patience.

The Giants and Pirates will face off one more time on Sunday, with the home team having an opportunity to take three of four against the team with the best record in the NL. Mitch Keller is expected to take the mound for the Pirates, with Alex Wood the probable for San Francisco.

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