Pirates' Michael Chavis comes up clutch again, as hot start to the season continues


You could make the argument that Michael Chavis has three of the Pirates’ biggest hits this season. The 26-year-old utility man kicked off the season in style last Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals, stepping up in the top of the third inning to smash a go-ahead grand slam in the Pirates’ first win of 2022. On Saturday, against the Washington Nationals, he came through with a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth to give the Pirates the lead in another win. On Sunday, though, he came up clutch in the late innings. With one out in the eighth inning, with the Pirates trailing by a run, the Nationals decided to intentionally walk designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach, loading the bases, bringing up Chavis to face right-hander Steve Cishek. At first, Cishek couldn’t find the plate. He uncorked a wild pitch on the first offering to Chavis, scoring one run and tying the game. Chavis eventually worked a 3-0 count, but got the green light to swing away. Cishek gave him a fastball on the inside part of the plate and Chavis drove it through the infield, past a diving shortstop and into left-center, plating the go-ahead run once again in an eventual Pirates win.