A first-place team doesn’t normally need a pick-me-up. And, yes, the Pirates are not only on top of the Central but also now the National League.
However, they were collectively dragging a little bit Saturday at PNC Park following a trying victory over the Giants on Friday night. The win was marred by a collision between Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte while chasing a fly ball in the eighth inning that landed both players on the injured list.
Gonzalez went on the 60-day IL with a fractured left clavicle that will likely sideline him at least through the end of June. Marte sustained a bruised abdominal wall and the Pirates aren’t ready to put a timetable on his potential return.
However, Cole Tucker -- the human ball of adrenaline – provided a bigger boost than a six-pack of Red Bull in his Pirates’ debut.