Suwinski hits 3rd HR in bottom 9th, lifts Bucs over Giants

Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

PITTSBURGH — Editor’s Note: The video above is from June 17th.

Jack Suwinski hit his third homer of the game in the ninth inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 walk-off win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday to avoid a three-game win.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Suwinski becomes the first rookie to complete a game with three homers with an end-of-game shot.

He drove a slider right by Tyler Rogers (0-3) for his second game-ending home run of the season after finding a connection on June 4 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I was just like, ‘No way, man. There’s no way that’s possible,” said Suwinski. “This guy is hard to beat. It’s not easy to beat him when you come from that low.”

Pirates manager Derek Shelton spoke to Suwinski at the end of the round of 16 and asked if he was ready to go deep a third time. Shelton said he was told, “No.”

“I wasn’t trying to think about it,” Suwinski said. “You start trying too much and then you screw up or whatever. I was just trying not to think about it and just focus on what the pitcher had.”

Suwinski is the second Pirates rookie to hit three homers in a game, after Andrew McCutchen (August 1, 2009). Josh Bell was the last player to score three times in a game for Pittsburgh on July 1, 2019.

Suwinski, 23, took a low blow from starter Alex Cobb for a solo shot in fourth before giving Sam Long a 3-2 lead in sixth. He has 11 homers in 47 games this season, tied with Bryan Reynolds in the team lead.

Thairo Estrada scored a home goal from Pittsburgh closer David Bednar, who was leading from the top of ninth place, to level the game by 3. Bednar (3-1) worked his second inning of relief, knocking out two of the last three batsmen to end the ninth.

Mitch Keller gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits with four strikeouts in six innings for the Pirates, extending his starting streak to four with fewer than three runs allowed. He has given up eight earned carries in 28 1/3 innings (2.54 ERA) in his last six games (four starts).

“It’s definitely nice, but tomorrow you’ll have to flush it like nothing happened,” Keller said. “You have to keep going. That’s my mentality. … Just keep a good routine and move on.”

Cobb allowed two runs with four hits in four innings during his return from the 15-day injury list with a neck strain.

“I think he was solid after a long layoff,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “First and foremost, he came out healthy. I know he won’t be happy unless he comes out of the game with a lead, but he survived exactly what our pitch count was for him.”

After a penalty and two walks that strained bases for San Francisco with no outs in first, Joc Pederson dribbles a two-run single past Hoy Park on second base.

Park went into right midfield in the third yard on a sinker from Cobb, cutting to 2-1 with his first home run of the season before Suwinski hit his first homer an inning later.

“Sometimes you just have to tip your hat,” Cobb said. “It was a bad place (to Suwinski). But it’s his day. Sometimes the story is about a man. It was an impressive game from him.”

Suwinski is the eighth player since 2000 to hit three home runs in a game, including a walk-off. He joins Brendan Rodgers (June 1, 2022), Eddie Rosario (June 3, 2018), Manny Machado (August 18, 2017), Khris Davis (May 17, 2016), Joey Votto (May 13, 2012), and Albert Pujols to (April 16, 2006) and Todd Hollandsworth (April 15, 2001).

Giants: RHP Mauricio Llovera Voted to Triple-A Sacramento.

Pirates: SS Oneil Cruz and OF Bligh Madris will be called up by Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Shelton confirmed.

Pirates: INF Josh VanMeter and INF Yoshi Tsutsugo could each start rehab duties this week, general manager Ben Cherington said. VanMeter has been out since June 1 with a broken left ring finger. Tsutsugo has not played since May 24 due to an undisclosed injury.

Giants: RHP Logan Webb (6-2, 3.43 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday to begin a four-game streak in Atlanta. Webb allowed five hits in seven shutout innings during a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on June 14 in his previous start.

Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50) will take the mound when Pittsburgh start a four-game set against the Cubs on Monday. Brubaker’s last win came on August 24, 2021.

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