The Pittsburgh Pirates took the lead early on Wednesday night and broke it open late, beating the San Diego Padres by a 5-1 score at PNC Park.
The Bucs beat former teammate Joe Musgrove, who was taking the mound for the first time since throwing the first no-hitter in Padres’ history. Tonight, he lasted just four innings, giving up a run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. His mound opponent, Tyler Anderson, gave up a run on four hits in 5.1 innings.
Gregory Polanco put the Bucs in front in the bottom of the second with a no-doubt solo homerun to right field off Musgrove. A single by Colin Moran in the fifth inning scored Adam Frazier to double their lead.
Tommy Pham’s RBI single in the sixth scored Manny Machado and cut the Pirates’ lead in half at 2-1.
Pittsburgh broke the game open a bit, providing their bullpen with some insurance runs in the eighth inning. A single by Erik Gonzalez scored Polanco, and Frazier singled home two more runs to make it 5-1. The Bucs’ relievers held the Padres in check in the latter innings to secure the victory.
This was another impressive victory for this Pirates’ team that has won four out of their last six games. They are playing solid baseball and finding ways to win games, and have an opportunity to win their second consecutive series when they take the field tomorrow afternoon. Chris Paddack will take the mound for the Padres against Mitch Keller for Pittsburgh.
Record vs. Padres: 2-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 2-1
Record at Home: 4-2
Overall Record: 5-7
Let’s Go Bucs!