Oneil Cruz launches solo homer during Thursday's Opening Day win over Reds
by Andy Zimmerman | Pirates Correspondent | Fri, Mar 31st 7:32am EDT
Oneil Cruz went 1-for-2 with a solo homer, two RBI, two runs scored and two walks during Thursday's 5-4 win in Cincinnati.
Atop the Opening Day lineup, Cruz flied out on the first pitch of the season but proceeded to be perfect going forward, sending a 101mph fastball to right-center for the Pirates' first run of the year. An eighth-inning sacrifice fly gave Pittsburgh the lead for good. Cruz will be a mainstay at short following a mid-season promotion in 2022.
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