Game two of a four game series between the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies took place Friday at PNC Park. Philadelphia held on to a narrow one run victory on Thursday night, they would then come from two runs down to win it 4-2 in ten innings on Friday night. It was “Yinzerpalooza”, so this victory should have felt a little sweeter for those fans from out east.
Pittsburgh got the scoring started in the third inning with a Greg Allen RBI double to plate Kevin Newman. The Pirates would strike again for a run in the sixth on a solo home run by Ke’Bryan Hayes to right field. Both runs were charged to Philadelphia starter Bailey Falter. Falter pitched six innings, giving up five hits, while striking out eight and walking one.
Pittsburgh starter Jose Quintana worked 5.2 innings, stuck out four, walked two, and allowed four hits. There is a good chance this was his last start in a Pirates uniform with the trade deadline on Tuesday. The Phillies would tie the game in the seventh. The first run came on a Kyle Schwarber single to right, that run was charged to Yerry De Los Santos. The second run occurred when Rhys Hoskins singled to left center to plate Odubel Herrera. That run was charged to Manny Banuelos.
Philadelphia used four relief pitchers out of the bullpen to cover the final four innings of the game. Those four would combine to allow just two hits, to go with four strikeouts and two walks. Wil Crowe worked 1.1 innings and allowed two hits during that time. He was also charged with a blown save, his fifth of the season, after allowing the tying run to score.
David Bednar pitched a scoreless ninth, while striking out two batters. The Phillies took the lead for good in the tenth when Hoskins led off the inning with a two-run home run. Duane Underwood Jr. was tagged with the loss after giving up those two runs, one earned, on three hits. The Bucco offense couldn’t get anything going in their half of the tenth.
Pittsburgh was outhit tonight 11-7, which has been an on-going trend as of late. The Pirates will now need to win the next two games of this series to earn a split. With the team now twenty games under .500, it appears that draft positioning is the only thing left to wonder about as this 2022 season comes down to the final two months.
Record vs. Phillies: 0-2
Record vs. N.L. East: 7-13
Record at Home: 21-27
Overall Record: 40-60
Let’s Go Bucs!