The Pittsburgh Pirates played the San Diego Padres tough in this afternoon’s series finale at Petco Park, but the home team came away with a 4-2 walk off victory in extra innings.
Roansy Contreras started for Pittsburgh today, giving up two runs on five hits through five innings of work. Duane Underwood Jr. and Wil Crowe each pitched a scoreless inning, while Chris Stratton suffered the loss after giving up two runs (one earned).
MacKenzie Gore was lights out on the mound for San Diego, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out nine in seven innings. Nabil Crismat was tagged with a blown save while Luis Garcia earned the victory.
The game was scoreless until Jurickson Profar blasted a two run homerun to right field, scoring Jorge Alfaro to make it 2-0.
The Pirates tied the game in the eighth inning. A double by Ke’Bryan Hayes scored Tucupita Marcano to cut the Padres’ lead in half, and Josh VanMeter singled home Hayes to tie the game.
Trent Grisham broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 10th, crushing a two run homerun to right field to lead San Diego to a walk off victory.
This was a difficult loss for Pittsburgh. They played the Padres, one of the more talented teams in the entire league, very hard all weekend, and unfortunately came away with only one victory.
The road trip will not get any easier now. The Bucs open up a three game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who they beat two out of three games earlier this month at PNC Park. Zach Thompson will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Walker Buehler for the Dodgers.
Record vs. Padres: 2-4
Record vs. N.L. West: 6-6
Record on the Road: 8-13
Overall Record: 19-27
Let’s Go Bucs!