The Pittsburgh Pirates fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night by a 5-2 score. It was the third loss in four nights in L.A. for the Bucs, who had opportunities to win every game this week but continuously came up short in key situations on the mound, in the field, and at the plate.
Johan Oviedo started for Pittsburgh, battling his way through 6.2 innings while giving up five runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He fell to 3-10 on the season, was the losing pitcher of record.
Julio Urias earned the victory for the Dodgers, improving to 6-5 on the season. He gave up two runs on three hits with eighth strikeouts and one walk in six innings on the bump. Alex Vesia earned his first save of the year by tossing a one-two-three inning in the ninth.
Freddie Freeman’s two-run homerun, his 15th of the season, gave the Dodgers an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. But the Pirates responded immediately in the top of the second with a pair of runs. Nick Gonzales doubled to left field, scoring Connor Joe and Jack Suwinski to tie the game. Unfortunately, those would be the only runs of the game for Pittsburgh.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the sixth, when Max Muncy connected on his 20th homerun of the season, a two-run bomb to center field, to make it 4-2. Freeman added another insurance run with a single in the seventh for his third RBI of the game to make it 5-2, which would be the final score.
The Pirates are now seven games under .500, 8.5 games out of the first place Cincinnati Reds in the N.L. Central division, and 7.5 games out of the final wild card spot if the season ended today. But while it’s too early to be talking about standings, the most frustrating aspect of this game, and the entire series in Los Angeles, is the fact that they had an opportunity to win every one of these games. Instead, they dropped three of four and now continue their west coast trip with a series matchup against the N.L. West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Rich Hill will take the mound for Pittsburgh in the first game of the series on Friday night against Zac Gallen for Arizona. First pitch is scheduled for 9:40pm.
Record vs. Dodgers: 3-4
Record vs. N.L. West: 13-9
Record on the Road: 18-26
Overall Record: 40-47
Let’s Go Bucs!