The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-5 Thursday afternoon and earned a split of their four-game series. Ke’Bryan Hayes drove in three more runs with a two-hit game. Liover Peguero also had two hits. Thomas Hatch earned his first victory as a Pirate, tossing four scoreless innings in relief of starter Bailey Falter, who allowed four runs in four innings.
The Pirates open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds tonight at PNC Park. First pitch is 7:05pm.
(Saturday’s game has a 7:05pm start. WISR pre-game is 6:40pm. Sunday’s game begins at 1:35pm. WISR pre-game is 1:10pm.
The Pirates top overall draft pick Paul Skenes made his professional debut Thursday, pitching one inning at the Pirates developmental complex in Bradenton. He threw 11 pitches in the 1-2-3 inning, with eight of those pitches topping 100 miles per hour.
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