3 Up, 3 Down: July 2nd-9th

Welcome to 3 Up, 3 Down: a weekly recap and preview for the Pirates. This post refers to games from July 3-9: a seven game road trip where the Pirates took three of four against the Phillies (July 3-6) and winning two of three against the Cubs (July 7-9).

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Gregory Polanco’s bat finally started to pick up this week, slashing .375/.400/.625 with two home runs over 25 plate appearances. He also picked up an assist after starting a double-play on July 5. Speaking of assists, Jose Osuna picked up three assists from left in the Pirates’ 6-3 win Thursday. Chad Kuhl came through big for the Pirates twice this week. He went a career high seven innings Thursday, allowing just two earned runs. His week was not over though, as he made an emergency start Sunday in place of a sick Jameson Taillon