In this young season, the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres have played seven competitive baseball games. After splitting a four game set at PNC Park last month, the Bucs battled the Padres in 3 highly contested games this week. But the Padres got the best of the Bucs in the rubber match on Wednesday night by a 4-2 score.
The game featured an enticing pitching matchup, as JT Brubaker took the mound for Pittsburgh against Yu Darvish for San Diego. Brubaker pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Darvish lasted 5.2 innings, also giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking just one batter.
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a solo homerun by Victor Caratini. They scored another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Wil Myers.
Pittsburgh tied the game in the sixth inning on a solo homerun by Bryan Reynolds and later on a sacrifice fly by Ka’ai Tom.
San Diego responded immediately in the bottom half of the frame on a huge two run single by Jake Cronenworth off Duane Underwood Jr. The Pirates couldn’t put together another comeback in the final three innings, and the Padres went on to win.
This was obviously not the way the Pirates wanted to end this series, but this was a highly competitive series. The Padres were one of the preseason favorites to come out of the National League potentially, and in the seven games they have played this season, the Bucs have certainly held their own.
After a day off on Thursday, the Pirates will continue their road trip with a three game series against the Chicago Cubs, beginning Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Record vs. Padres: 3-4
Record vs. N.L. West: 3-4
Record on the Road: 8-10
Overall Record: 13-17
Let’s Go Bucs!