The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their current road trip tonight with a 12-6 loss in the opening game of their four-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies.
After raging out of the gates to a five run lead in the second inning, things fell apart for Pittsburgh and ended up giving up 12 runs on the night to make this one a blowout.
A two run single by Connor Overton got the scoring started for Pittsburgh in the second, and later in the inning, Ke’Bryan Hayes hit his sixth homerun of the season, a three run shot to make it 5-0. A solo homerun by Colin Moran, his ninth of the season, made it 6-0 heading to the bottom of the third.
Philly responded with five runs in the bottom of the third to get right back into the game. A solo homerun by Didi Gregorius started the scoring, and after a passed ball allowed the second run to score, a sacrifice fly by Jean Segura cut the lead to 6-3. Andrew McCutchen’s double and Brad Miller’s single made it a 6-5 score, but the Phillies weren’t done.
A huge three run homerun by Ronald Torreyes in the sixth made it 8-6, and a two run homerun by J.T. Realmuto made it 10-6. Realmuto added a two run single for good measure in the eighth, making it 12-6, which would be the final score.
This was certainly not the way the Pirates wanted to start this series. They got off to a good start and build a large lead only to see if evaporate in less than two innings. They will look to get back on the winning side of things when they take the field on Friday night in the second game of this series.
Record vs. Phillies: 2-2
Record vs. N.L. East: 16-15
Record on the Road: 23-54
Overall Record: 57-95
Let’s Go Bucs!