STATE COLLEGE – After starting the season on a losing skid, 0-3, the Pirates earned their first win of the season, coming back from an early five-run deficit, to knock off the Dbacks, 13-10, Sunday.
Chris Young, a veteran of the league and first year with the Bucs, tossed seven innings to earn the victory.
The locals grabbed the lead in the first, 2-1 but costly errors in the top of the second gave the Snakes six unearned runs and put them up 7-2.
Young continued to hold the Dbacks in check over the next several innings while his teammmates chipped away at the lead getting two markers back in the third and fourth frames, as well as a single tally in the fifth to tie the game.
Another unearned run on yet another error produced the eighth Dback run, swinging the lead back in their favor.
In the top of the seventh, the black and gold jumped ahead for good, scoring four runs. Ben Baker led off with a single, and after one out, Gary Sams doubled to the fence in right to bring home Baker. Clinton Mearkle followed with a single moving Sams to third. Brett Cessna added another single that plated Sams and moved Mearkle to second. Ryan Harshbarger kept things moving with a double, chasing home both Mearkle and Cessna. Both teams would add on a couple more runs to make the final score, 13-10.
Young went seven innings to earn the victory. Jim Harshbarger finished the game to get the save. Mearkle went 4-5 with four RBIs. The Pirates play a doubleheader at home Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. against the Orioles.
PIRATES 13, DBACKS 10
DBacks 160 001 02 — 10 12 4
Pirates 202 210 42 — 13 10 5