If you are a fan of pitching then tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres was not for you. There was a total of 17 walks, and 7 hit batters from the 12 pitchers used between the two teams. Pittsburgh would use seven pitchers on the night, but got out of the jams they created to pick up an 8-4 victory.
Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates and did not look good. He would allow four runs, three earned, on four hits, with seven walks and just one strikeout over 3.2 innings of work. San Diego jumped on the board in the first with a solo home run by Trent Grisham and a bases loaded walk to Jurickson Profar. Pittsburgh would answer with three runs of their own. Jacob Stallings drove in two with a double to left center field. He was then brought home on a double by Erik Gonzalez. Padres starter Blake Snell collected only two outs before being lifted.
San Diego tied the game in the second on another solo homer by Grisham. That tie did not last long, with the Pirates plating two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Bryan Reynolds drove in a run with a single to left center field. He was then driven home when Stallings singled to right field. Kevin Newman got in on the mix in the third with an RBI single to left. The Padres would get a run back in the fourth when Eric Hosmer singled to right center field to score Grisham.
Colin Moran put Pittsburgh ahead again by three in the fifth inning on a single to center. The final run of the game crossed the plate in the eighth on a Gonzalez single to center. After the shaky start by the Kuhl, the Pirates bullpen closed the door on San Diego. While there were a ton of walks, they did not let that factor into the outcome of the game.
Game three of this four game series will take place Wednesday night at PNC Park with first pitch slated for 6:35pm. Pittsburgh will need a strong start by Tyler Anderson after using a large portion of the bullpen tonight. The Padres will counter with former Bucco Joe Musgrove, who is coming off throwing the first no-hitter in team history. Hopefully he is a little overamped to be pitching against his former team, and the Pirates can take advantage of that.
Record vs. Padres: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 1-1
Record at Home: 3-2
Overall Record: 4-7
Let’s Go Bucs!