After securing the season series victory on Monday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to take this road series from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. San Diego had other plans, as they used some stellar pitching and the long ball to take the game from Pittsburgh 5-1.
Henry Davis gave the Pirates an early lead with an RBI double to left center in the second inning. The Padres quickly took the lead in the bottom half of the inning with two runs. Manny Machado would hit a solo home run to left center and Gary Sanchez would hit an RBI single to center later in the inning. Juan Soto added an insurance run in the seventh with a 444 ft. solo homer to right and the final two runs crossed the plate in the eight when Sanchez hit a two-run homer.
Rich Hill made the start for Pittsburgh, but could only complete 4.1 innings. He would allow two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Yerry De Los Santos allowed one hit and struck out two during two innings of work. Angel Perdomo collected only one out, but he, along with Manager Derek Shelton, were ejected after Perdomo hit Machado with a pitch. This came after the Soto homer. Dauri Moreta would work the final 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.
San Diego went with Blake Snell to start the game and he kept the Pirates offense quiet during six innings of work. He would allow one run on two hits with four strikeouts and five walks. Steven Wilson walked one, struck out one, and allowed one hit during an inning of work. Robert Suarez would work the eighth, before Josh Hader finished off the game in the ninth where he would walk one batter and strikeout three.
The Pirates had their chances in this game to put runs on the board as they would leave nine men on base. Tonight, would mark the Major League debut of Pittsburgh shortstop Alika Williams. Williams would walk in his lone at bat in the ninth. These two teams will meet for the final time in 2023 Wednesday afternoon at 4:10pm. Johan Oviedo will start for the Pirates and the Padres will send Seth Lugo to the bump.
Record vs. Padres: 4-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 15-15
Record on the Road: 21-30
Overall Record: 44-57
Let’s Go Bucs!