Musgrove pitches, hits, runs Pirates past Phils for 5-1 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Musgrove considers himself a bit of a throwback. The four days in between starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher can be monotonous. He wants to go out and play. Pinch-run. Pinch-hit. Whatever the situation requires.

On Saturday night, the situation required him taking his turn in the rotation a day ahead of schedule with teammate Trevor Williams needing a bit of extra rest. It required him making a textbook head-first slide to beat a throw from a good friend. It required an eclectic mix of six different pitches. And it required he do it in front of a team of champions who know a thing or two - or maybe more than a thing or two - about being throwbacks.

Musgrove sparked the Pirates with his bat and his legs and then overwhelmed Philadelphia over six dominant innings of two-hit ball to lift Pittsburgh to a 5-1 victory.

On the same night the Pirates celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1979 team that won the World Series, Musgrove (7-8) tied a season high with eight strikeouts and gave his team a needed spark with a third-inning double against Philadelphia's Zack Eflin. Musgrove followed it with a clinical head-first slide across home plate just ahead of a throw from childhood buddy and Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper after Bryan Reynolds' single.

''I grew up playing with him,'' Musgrove said of Harper. ''Our families are really close. We grew up playing a lot. We talk a lot. It was a fun little challenge. Ultimately I'm not thinking of anything other than trying to score there and how am I going to be safe?''

Musgrove eluded the tag from catcher J.T. Realmuto easily to ignite a three-run third inning that gave him and three relievers more than enough cushion on a night when the Phillies managed just three hits.

''I didn't think we swung the bats the way we're capable of swinging the bats,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Musgrove did a pretty good job of keeping us off balance. He threw some good sliders. Early on, he was establishing his fastball. Then he started going to his slider and we weren't able to make the adjustment.''

Starling Marte went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Pirates. Corey Dickerson added two doubles and an RBI as Pittsburgh won for just second time in eight games.

''We need every win we can get right now,'' Musgrove said. ''I'm going to take the ball as often as I can, any chance I get.''

Though they wore the trademark black uniforms with striped pillbox caps the 1979 group led by Hall of Fame first baseman Willie Stargell and All-Star outfielder Dave Parker made famous on their way to the franchise's last World Series title, the likeness between this current group and the ''We Are Family'' crew ends there.

This group of Pirates is dealing with injuries to the pitching staff and is simply trying to hang around following a post All-Star break funk that has dropped them off the pace in the NL Central.

''We need consistency on both sides,'' Dickerson said. ''We've played well at times. We've got to put it together somewhat consistently.''

Eflin, who entered with one victory in his last six starts and a 13.00 ERA in July, ran into trouble in the third and dropped to 2-7 on the road. Reynolds came home on Marte's first double and Marte raced across the plate on a soft single by Josh Bell to give the Pirates an early 3-0 lead. Eflin lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts as his ERA ticked up to a season-high 4.25.

Kapler said Eflin appears to be feeling ''a little bit heavy'' at the moment. Eflin acknowledged there may be some fatigue setting in.

''Sometimes you wake up, you don't feel great,'' he said. ''Right now it's one of those things where I'm searching to find what's best for me and what's going to work for me. So come back in a couple days, throw a good bullpen and go from there.''

The Phillies scratched across a run in the fifth when a walk and an error by Bell at first base put runners in scoring position with no outs. Brad Miller scored on a groundout by Adam Haseley, but Musgrove returned from a 28-minute rain delay to strike out pinch-hitter Nick Williams and Scott Kingery to end the threat.

MORIN ARRIVES

Philadelphia reliever Mike Morin allowed a run in the seventh inning in his first appearance with the Phillies after being acquired from Minnesota for cash.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) threw an aggressive bullpen for the second straight day and could come off the 60-day injured list early next week.

UP NEXT

Phillies: LHP Drew Smyly will likely make his first start for the Phillies on Sunday. Smyly went 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA for Texas before being released last month. He signed with Milwaukee on July 1 and was sent to Triple-A before being let go by the Brewers on Thursday.

Pirates: Rookie RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 2.45 ERA) gets the start Sunday, with Williams likely to return to the rotation when St. Louis visits on Monday.

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  • W: J. Musgrove (7-8)L: Z. Eflin (7-10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS30200001.275.319.433.7533.0
B. Harper RF30000112.258.372.475.8470.5
R. Hoskins 1B40000013.256.395.512.906-0.5
J. Realmuto C40000043.271.323.435.758-2.0
B. Miller 3B31000110.247.345.479.8251.5
C. Hernandez 2B30100001.281.333.407.7401.0
A. Haseley LF30010012.226.273.516.7890.5
Z. Eflin P10000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
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b- M. Franco PH10000001.235.302.430.7320.0
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F. Salas P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Pivetta in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B50100002.277.328.399.7271.0
B. Reynolds RF51210010.340.411.514.9243.5
S. Marte CF52310003.276.316.483.8008.0
J. Bell 1B20110101.292.369.617.9864.0
C. Moran 3B40110024.297.337.478.8152.0
C. Dickerson LF41200002.305.359.505.8645.0
K. Newman SS40100003.324.363.457.8201.0
J. Stallings C20000011.311.382.377.759-0.5
a- M. Cabrera PH10000001.302.337.441.7780.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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b- J. Osuna PH10000001.308.357.631.9880.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Musgrove P21100001.156.206.188.3933.0
c- E. Diaz PH-C20100011.258.310.328.6380.5
  • a-grounded into a double play for Stallings in the 6th
  • b-popped out for Liriano in the 8th
  • c-singled for Musgrove in the 6th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Haseley (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, J. Realmuto 3 (3), M. Franco
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte 2 (19), C. Moran (18), C. Dickerson 2 (15), J. Musgrove
  • RBI - B. Reynolds (38), S. Marte (53), J. Bell (85), C. Moran (51)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Reynolds (12), S. Marte (21), J. Bell (29), C. Moran (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, S. Marte 3 (3), C. Moran 3 (3), C. Dickerson, K. Newman, J. Musgrove
FIELDING
  • DP - (Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
  • E - J. Realmuto (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moran-Newman-Bell; Newman-Bell)
  • E - J. Bell (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 7-10)4.05330304.251.320.5
N. Pivetta2.03111105.701.511.5
M. Morin1.02110003.421.010.0
F. Salas1.03000106.753.000.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 7-10)4.0
N. Pivetta2.0
M. Morin1.0
F. Salas1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)6.02102804.081.2028.0
M. Feliz (H, 1)1.01000104.711.332.5
F. Liriano1.00001003.261.322.0
F. Vazquez1.00000201.961.094.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)6.0
M. Feliz (H, 1)1.0
F. Liriano1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - N. Pivetta
  • IBB - N. Pivetta
  • HBP - Z. Eflin (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 57-40, N. Pivetta 36-21, M. Morin 15-11, F. Salas 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-2, N. Pivetta 4-1, M. Morin 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 18, N. Pivetta 10, M. Morin 5, F. Salas 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 98-64, M. Feliz 11-9, F. Liriano 12-5, F. Vazquez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-4, M. Feliz 1-1, F. Liriano 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 23, M. Feliz 4, F. Liriano 3, F. Vazquez 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Segura SS30200001.275.319.433.7533.0
B. Harper RF30000112.258.372.475.8470.5
R. Hoskins 1B40000013.256.395.512.906-0.5
J. Realmuto C40000043.271.323.435.758-2.0
B. Miller 3B31000110.247.345.479.8251.5
C. Hernandez 2B30100001.281.333.407.7401.0
A. Haseley LF30010012.226.273.516.7890.5
Z. Eflin P10000010.125.125.125.250-0.5
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b- M. Franco PH10000001.235.302.430.7320.0
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F. Salas P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Eflin in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Pivetta in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Frazier 2B50100002.277.328.399.7271.0
B. Reynolds RF51210010.340.411.514.9243.5
S. Marte CF52310003.276.316.483.8008.0
J. Bell 1B20110101.292.369.617.9864.0
C. Moran 3B40110024.297.337.478.8152.0
C. Dickerson LF41200002.305.359.505.8645.0
K. Newman SS40100003.324.363.457.8201.0
J. Stallings C20000011.311.382.377.759-0.5
a- M. Cabrera PH10000001.302.337.441.7780.0
M. Feliz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
F. Liriano P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
b- J. Osuna PH10000001.308.357.631.9880.0
F. Vazquez P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Musgrove P21100001.156.206.188.3933.0
c- E. Diaz PH-C20100011.258.310.328.6380.5
Total37513401520-----
  • a-grounded into a double play for Stallings in the 6th
  • b-popped out for Liriano in the 8th
  • c-singled for Musgrove in the 6th
BATTING
  • RBI - A. Haseley (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Kingery, J. Realmuto 3 (3), M. Franco
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Marte 2 (19), C. Moran (18), C. Dickerson 2 (15), J. Musgrove
  • RBI - B. Reynolds (38), S. Marte (53), J. Bell (85), C. Moran (51)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Reynolds (12), S. Marte (21), J. Bell (29), C. Moran (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Frazier, S. Marte 3 (3), C. Moran 3 (3), C. Dickerson, K. Newman, J. Musgrove
FIELDING
  • DP - (Segura-Hernandez-Hoskins)
  • E - J. Realmuto (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Moran-Newman-Bell; Newman-Bell)
  • E - J. Bell (6)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Eflin (L, 7-10)4.05330304.251.320.5
N. Pivetta2.03111105.701.511.5
M. Morin1.02110003.421.010.0
F. Salas1.03000106.753.000.5
Total8.01355150---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Eflin (L, 7-10)4.0
N. Pivetta2.0
M. Morin1.0
F. Salas1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)6.02102804.081.2028.0
M. Feliz (H, 1)1.01000104.711.332.5
F. Liriano1.00001003.261.322.0
F. Vazquez1.00000201.961.094.0
Total9.03103110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (W, 7-8)6.0
M. Feliz (H, 1)1.0
F. Liriano1.0
F. Vazquez1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - N. Pivetta
  • IBB - N. Pivetta
  • HBP - Z. Eflin (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Eflin 57-40, N. Pivetta 36-21, M. Morin 15-11, F. Salas 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Eflin 7-2, N. Pivetta 4-1, M. Morin 1-2
  • Batters Faced - Z. Eflin 18, N. Pivetta 10, M. Morin 5, F. Salas 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (7)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 98-64, M. Feliz 11-9, F. Liriano 12-5, F. Vazquez 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 6-4, M. Feliz 1-1, F. Liriano 2-0, F. Vazquez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 23, M. Feliz 4, F. Liriano 3, F. Vazquez 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Moran doubled to right center, Marte scored15
  • 6TH INNING
    Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dickerson scored, Newman out at second14
  • 5TH INNING
    Haseley grounded out to first, Miller scored, Hernandez to third13
  • 3RD INNING
    Bell singled to center, Marte scored03
    Marte doubled to deep left, Reynolds scored02
    Reynolds singled to right, Musgrove scored, Reynolds to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Felipe Vazquez pitching
    • R. Hoskins: Foul, Ball, Ball, Hoskins grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Francisco Liriano relieved Michael Feliz
    • S. Kingery: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kingery walked
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura grounded into double play shortstop to first, Kingery out at second
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Ball, Harper grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Salas relieved Mike Morin
    • K. Newman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Newman singled to center
    • Jose Osuna hit for Francisco Liriano
    • J. Osuna: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Osuna popped out to shortstop
    • E. Diaz: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • A. Frazier: Pickoff attempt, Frazier singled to shallow left, Newman to second
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds reached on an infield single to pitcher, Newman to third, Frazier to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte flied out to deep right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Michael Feliz pitching
    • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Miller grounded out to second
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Hernandez singled to shallow left
    • A. Haseley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Haseley struck out swinging
    • Maikel Franco hit for Nick Pivetta
    • M. Franco: Franco flied out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Morin pitching
    • B. Reynolds: Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • S. Marte: Marte doubled to center
    • J. Bell: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bell flied out to deep center, Marte to third
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Moran doubled to right center, Marte scored
    • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura singled to center
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • R. Hoskins: Ball, Hoskins flied out to center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • N. Pivetta Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson doubled to left center
    • K. Newman: Strike looking, Newman reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Dickerson to third
    • Melky Cabrera hit for Jacob Stallings
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dickerson scored, Newman out at second
    • Elias Diaz hit for Joe Musgrove
    • E. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz singled to shallow right
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Diaz to second on wild pitch, Frazier grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez safe at first on 1st baseman Bell fielding error, Miller to third, Hernandez to second
    • A. Haseley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Haseley grounded out to first, Miller scored, Hernandez to third
    • Nick Williams hit for Zach Eflin
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Kingery struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Nick Pivetta pitching
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to first
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds flied out to left
    • S. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Marte reached on an infield single to pitcher, Marte to second on catcher Realmuto throwing error
    • J. Bell: Ball, Ball, Bell intentionally walked
    • C. Moran: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery flied out to shallow right
    • J. Segura: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Segura hit by pitch
    • B. Harper: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Harper walked, Segura to second
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hoskins flied out to deep center
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson doubled to deep center
    • K. Newman: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Newman grounded out to shortstop, Dickerson to third
    • J. Stallings: Ball, Foul, Stallings reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Dickerson out at home
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Stallings out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez grounded out to first
    • A. Haseley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Haseley grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Eflin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Eflin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Stallings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stallings struck out swinging
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove doubled to deep left
    • A. Frazier: Foul, Frazier flied out to left
    • B. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Reynolds singled to right, Musgrove scored, Reynolds to second
    • S. Marte: Ball, Marte doubled to deep left, Reynolds scored
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bell singled to center, Marte scored
    • C. Moran: Moran grounded out to first
    • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
    • B. Miller: Ball, Miller grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bell hit by pitch
    • C. Moran: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moran struck out swinging
    • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson flied out to shallow left
    • K. Newman: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Newman grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • S. Kingery: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kingery flied out to left
    • J. Segura: Foul, Segura singled to left
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harper grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Segura out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Eflin Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Frazier grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • S. Marte: Strike looking, Marte grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)