Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jack Suwinsky becomes the first rookie in MLB history with a 3-homer game that includes an exit blast

PITTSBURG – Jack Suwinsky hit his third Homer in the game in the ninth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday to avoid a three-game loss.

The rookie made a slide from the armament of Tyler Rodgers (0-3) to the right for his second home run of the season, ending with a match after connecting for one on June 4 against Arizona Diamondbacks.

Suvinski became the first rookie in Premier League history to have a three-home match that included a home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also became the first Pirates player with multiple home runs in a month after Wally Westlake in September 1947, according to a study by ESPN Stats & Information.

“I just said to myself, ‘There’s no way, man.’ “It can’t happen,” Suvinski said. “This man is hard to push back. Coming from this low down, it’s not easy to fight.”

Pirate manager Derek Shelton spoke to Suvinski at the bottom of the eighth, asking if he was ready to go deep for the third time. Shelton said he was told no.

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

The Pirates will add another potentially influential rookie on Monday as they recall shortstop Oneil Cruz, the organization’s best potential, from Triple-A Indianapolis. Shelton confirmed after the match that Cruz and outfielder Bly Madris will be relegated to the club from the Premier League. Cruz, who appeared in two games for the Pirates last season and scored a home run, scored 0.233 with nine home runs, 35 RBI and 0.761 OPS for Indianapolis this season.

Suvinski is the second rookie of the Pirates to hit three Homers in a match, joining Andrew McCutchen (August 1, 2009). Josh Bell was the last player to hit three in a match for Pittsburgh on July 1, 2019.

The 23-year-old Suwinski dropped deep from starter Alex Cobb for a solo shot in the fourth before doing the same with Sam Long for a 3-2 lead in the sixth. He has 11 home runs in 47 games this season, tied with Brian Reynolds for the team’s lead.

Tyro Estrada approached Pittsburgh, David Bednar, leading from the top of the ninth, leveling the score at 3. Bednar (3-1) worked in his second inning for relief and hit two of the last three shots to end ninth.

Mitch Keller dropped two wounds (one won) in three four-outs in six innings for the Pirates, extending his starting streak with less than three runs allowed to four. He has conceded eight runs in 28 1/3 innings (2.54 ERA) in his last six games (four starts).

“It’s definitely nice, but you have to rinse it off tomorrow, as if nothing happened,” Keller said. “You have to keep going. That’s my mentality … Just follow a good routine and keep going.”

Cobb allowed two runs in four hits in four innings on his return from the 15-day list of neck sprains.

“I think he was stable after a long break,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler. “First and foremost, he came out healthy. I know he won’t be happy if he doesn’t come out of the game with a lead, but he managed to survive exactly what our field number was for him.”

After a mistake and two walks loaded the bases for San Francisco without an out in the first, Jock Pederson dribbled a single with two runs past Hoy Park in second base.

Park went into the yard by sinking from Cobb to the right center field in the third, reducing the score to 2-1 with his first home run of the season before Suvinski’s first Homer one inning later.

“Sometimes you just have to tilt your hat,” Cobb said. “It was bad ground (for Suvinski). But this is his day. Sometimes the story is about one man. It was an impressive match from him.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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