One night after falling in the series opener, the Los Angeles Dodgers flipped the script and put a beatdown on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park Tuesday night. Los Angeles scored early and then put-up crooked numbers in the third and seventh innings to run away with this contest by the final of 11-1.
Trea Turner got things started for the Dodgers in the first when he hit an RBI double to left field. He would then come around to score on a Justin Turner double to left center. J. Turner struck again in the third when he plated two runs on a double to left. He would then be driven in when Edwin Rios singled to left center. The final runs of the third came on an Austin Barnes two RBI double to right center.
Six of these seven runs were charged to Pittsburgh starter Bryse Wilson. He would pitch 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and one walk. His replacement, Anthony Banda, allowed one run on two hits, while striking out a batter to end the third inning. Los Angeles starter Tony Gonsolin gave up one hit, walked four and struck out five during five innings on the bump.
The Dodgers then got to Pirates relief pitcher Beau Sulser in the seventh inning for four runs. J. Turner drove in another run with a double to left center. He scored on a Cody Bellinger double to right center. Rios then scored the final runs of the night for Los Angeles with a two-run homer to right. In total, Sulser pitched four innings, allowing four runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Chase De Jong pitched the final two innings for Pittsburgh and during that time he kept the Dodgers off the board. De Jong allowed one hit to go with one walk and one strikeout. The Pirates finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when Michael Chavis scored on a Yoshi Tsutsugo fielder’s choice. In total Pittsburgh would only collect four hits on the night.
This was definitely not the night that the Pirates were hoping for. After a solid game one of this series, game two looked more like the weekend they had in Cincinnati. Now these two teams will meet up one more time on Wednesday afternoon to determine a winner of this series. First pitch is slated for 12:35pm
Record vs. Dodgers: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 2-3
Record at Home: 6-8
Overall Record: 12-17
Let’s Go Bucs!