Buccaneers blast Jose Quintana’s strong start, take early lead with 10-game loss to Velez

In what could be his last start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jose Quintana walked into the bunker of the house – perhaps for the last time – to a standing ovation from the PNC Park crowd of 26,946.

Show appreciation for what the 33-year-old left-hander meant to stabilize the Buccaneers’ starting rotation, especially after he threw 5 2/3 goalless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies before leaving with two challengers and bases loaded in the sixth. inning.

“I heard it and enjoyed the time,” Quintana said. “It’s fun when you get an applause. It will be a special memory for me, and you know, we’re so close. We struggled this game so much. I think in the end…we were so close.”

Quintana could only watch as the Buccaneers blew a lead in the 10th inning, and Rhys Hoskins defeated quarterback Duane Underwood Jr 0-2 410 feet to straight center in two runs at the top of the 10th inning. Phillies rallied to win 4-2 Friday night.

Hoskins went 4 vs 4 with three RBIs and a picnic for the Phillies.

“He misses right in the middle for a guy with 20 housemates,” Pirates director Derek Shelton said of Underwood. “You can’t do that. You have to take the throw, and we didn’t do that after Quintana was out of the game.”

Quintana, the 11th-year veteran, signed a one-year, $2 million deal last fall with the promise that he would get a chance to return to the starting cycle after being fired last year. Now, Quintana’s numbers will be one of the biggest trading chips for pirates as the Tuesday MLB trading deadline approaches.

Quintana allowed four hits and two walks while hitting four but was pulled with two ends and bases loaded in the sixth inning to drop one shy of a good start. It was 3-5 years with a 3.50 ERA in 103 innings over 20 starting this season.

“It means a lot to me,” Quintana said. “I think the chance I had here to prove that I (can) be a starter, that’s huge. That’s really good for my career. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m a pirate now. I have the jersey. … I love playing against a good team. And (we) were so close to getting that win. That’s all that matters. I know all the things around me are happening right now but I’m just going to have fun. I’ve been in this situation before. I’ll keep going and see what happens.”

The Buccaneers took an early lead despite a slow start. Kevin Newman, who scored 3-for-5 in his second consecutive multi-hit game, made an advanced double on the ground base to North Side Notch at left center in the first inning, but left him stuck in third.

Velez left Billy Walter hit six straight hits before Newman doubled again by two in the third inning. Greg Allen followed up with an RBI double down the left line to give Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Quintana retired from the team in order in rounds two and three, when he hit Odubel Herrera, gaining a 98.8 mph comeback by Johan Camargo and having Kyle Schwarber look at a 92.1 mph fastball to call it the third hit.

Phillies’ singles to start each of the next two rounds but Hoskins was stranded in the fourth and Matt Ferling was caught stealing on Tyler Heinemann’s throw to Oneil Cruz in the fifth.

Quintana got into trouble with two outs in the sixth, however, when Hoskins pulled a walk and advanced to third in Alec Boom’s song left. Quintana was pulled after JT Realmuto worked a full rally to load the bases. Yerry de los Santos escaped unscathed by making Nick Castellanos fly to the center.

Ke’Bryan Hayes drove Walter’s fastball 0-1 353 feet over the Clemente wall in his fifth home run — and first since July 10 in Milwaukee — to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.

“I think he’s had two shots in the last three or four games with some impact,” said Shelton. “It’s definitely encouraging for someone to come out.”

The Feliz rallied to seventh, which started with Ferling’s single left. Lefty Mane Panuelos replaced de los Santos but marched on Herrera and ceded Schwarber’s single from Clemente Wall that Ferling scored to cut it to 2-1. With runners in first and third positions, the Pirates brought Will Crowe to face Hoskins, in which the RBI scored Herrera’s goal to tie the match 2-2.

“We let the 2-0 lead slip through because we didn’t take the shot. Guys who got off the field, Jerry went out and got the first man, and after that, we didn’t take the throw, and we have to be better than that,” Shelton said.

It didn’t help the pirate cause that Phillies won a pair of second base challenges that turned into double plays. In the fourth, Diego Castillo was safely judged to be second before the call review pounced on the Cruz streak to the first; On the seventh, Cruz was judged to be a safe second on Yoshi Tsutsugo’s ride to the right but the review also overruled that.

Velez threatened to score for eighth, when Castellanos doubled and moved up to third on the ground with Ferling to second, but Crowe pushed Bryson Stott into pole position to maintain the tie.

The Buccaneers loaded the bases in eighth, when Newman single-handedly, guided Hayes walk two times, and Michael Chaves overpowered the chopper throw in third. Ben Jamil worked on a seven-court racket against Jose Alvarado before swinging a curve ball.

Closer All-Star David Bednar took the first ceremonial field from retired Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the Buccaneers celebrated their first event at Yinzerpalooza, a Pittsburgh event that featured the Clarks playing a post-game concert.

With his ninth inning tied, Bednar managed to swing Audubelle Herrera, hitter Darrick Hall pressed into first, and Schwarber looked at the third hit that was invoked at full number. Velez is closer to Seranthony Dominguez, however, retired from the pirate side of the order.

Conor Brogdon did the same in 10th to take the win.

The pirates’ bombing of what could be Quintana’s final start made it hard to absorb the loss.

“Anytime you go into the extras and can’t get the win, it’s really hard,” Newman said. “Q” came out and gave us a really good match. They are amazed that we couldn’t win for him.”

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune Review writer. You can contact Kevin via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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