After a dramatic extra inning victory on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates took the field this afternoon in the rubber match of their weekend series against the San Diego Padres. They faced a familiar face on the mound, as former-Bucco Joe Musgrove was on the bump for the Padres. Joe was brilliant on the mound and San Diego beat the Pirates by a 5-2 score.
Musgrove improved to 4-0 on the season, lowering his ERA to 1.97 by giving up one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings. Mitch Keller took the loss for Pittsburgh (0-4), despite pitching very well. He gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts and zero walks in six innings on the mound.
The Padres scored the game’s first run in the top of the third when Manny Machado singled home Austin Nola. It remained a tight 1-0 game until the top of the seventh, when Trent Grisham singled home Nola and C.J. Abrams to make it 3-0.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the bottom of the seventh when Roberto Perez hit an RBI single to right field, scoring Jack Suwinski. They added another run in the bottom of the eighth on Michael Chavis’s sacrifice fly, scoring Bryan Reynolds to make it a 3-2 score. Unfortunately, that is as close as the Pirates would get on the day.
San Diego put the game away with two runs in the ninth inning. Abrams’ sacrifice fly scored a run, and Jake Cronenworth singled home Nola to make it 5-2, which would be the final score.
This was a tough way to end the weekend, and the home stand, for the Pirates. After a much-needed day off on Monday, the Bucs will hit the road on Tuesday night when they face the Detroit Tigers.
Record vs. Padres: 1-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 1-2
Record at Home: 5-7
Overall Record: 9-13
Let’s Go Bucs!