After a convincing victory on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly completed a ninth inning comeback on Saturday. But the rally came up just short in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
Trailing 4-1 entering the ninth inning against Padres’ closer Brad Hand, the Pirates erupted for three straight extra base hits, making it a 4-3 game with no outs. Elias Diaz led off with a double and scored on a double by Austin Meadows. Gregory Polanco’s triple scored Meadows, cutting the lead to one run with no outs and a runner on third.
Two consecutive flyouts by Jordy Mercer and Jose Osuna should have scored Polanco from third, but Polanco opted not to tag. Osuna’s fly ball forced the right fielder Hunter Renfroe to crash into the wall along the right field line, but...Read More