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Hayes Home Run Lifts Pirates Over Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres continued their three-game series Saturday night from Petco Park.  It was a low scoring affair for much of the night, but after being down one run with one out in the ninth inning a three-run home run from Ke’Bryan Hayes would lift Pittsburgh to a 4-2 victory and even this series.

San Diego scored first in the second inning on a sac fly by Austin Nola.  That would be the lone run that JT Brubaker allowed while starting for the Pirates.  He would pitch five innings allow six hits and walk two to go with three strikeouts.  His counterpart Joe Musgrove worked six innings and allowed one run on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

The run off Musgrove came in the fourth inning on an odd play that involved Musgrove trying to get Josh VanMeter out at home on softly hit ball by Michael Perez.  Perez would ultimately reach first after a throwing error by Nola.  This game would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh inning.  Trent Grisham hit an RBI single to bring home Luke Voit.  That run was charged to Dillon Peters who pitched 1.1 innings in relief.  He gave up one hit to go with three walks and a strikeout.

The Padres would hold the lead until the top of the ninth, which is when Hayes would use his bat to give his team the lead.  That home run came off of Tayler Rogers and ultimately give him his first loss of the season.  David Bednar would be tasked with closing the game out for Pittsburgh in the ninth.  His task was successful, as he earned his ninth save of the season.

While west coast trips always equal late-night baseball, it is nice to wake up and Raise the Jolly Roger!  These two teams will wrap up this three-game series, and meet up for the final time in 2022, late Sunday afternoon at 4:10pm.  Scheduled starters for that game are Roansy Contreras for the Pirates and MacKenzie Gore for San Diego.

Record vs. Padres:  2-3

Record vs. N.L. West:  6-5

Record on the Road:  8-12

Overall Record:  19-26


As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor