It is marathon weekend in Pittsburgh, so it was fitting that the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres played ten innings on Saturday night at PNC Park. It was a back-and-forth affair for most of the night, with both teams giving up leads. It would be in the bottom of the tenth that the home team plated the winning run.
Pittsburgh scored first tonight, which is something they haven’t don’t very often this season. Michael Chavis hit an RBI single to shallow center to drive in Ke’Bryan Hayes. That would come off San Diego starter Sean Manaea. Manaea worked 6.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
The Padres grabbed the lead in the fourth on a three run opposite field home run by Eric Hosmer. JT Brubaker was on the mound for the Pirates when that home run happened. He would pitch five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Dillon Peters replaced him in the sixth and would strikeout a batter during that time.
In the bottom of the fifth Pittsburgh would battle back to tie the game at three. It started when Josh VanMeter hit an RBI double to right center to bring around Roberto Perez. VanMeter would then come in to score when Bryan Reynolds hit into a fielder’s choice.
In the eighth inning Manny Machado would smoke a 3-1 pitch from David Bednar into the right centerfield seats to give San Diego a 5-3 lead. That lead didn’t last long, as Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer of his own in the bottom part of the inning to tie the game at five, and into extra innings we would go.
The Padres struck first and took a one run lead on a Trent Grisham single to right center. The Buccos would battle back once again in their half of the inning. Hayes hit an RBI single to tie the game at six to get things started. Bryan Reynolds hit a ball to first, but a fielding error by Hosmer would let Hayes come around and slide under the tag at home. He was originally ruled out, but after a review overturned the call, the Pirates came away with a 7-6 victory.
This was a much-needed win for Pittsburgh as they had lost their previous four games. They will now look to get a series win tomorrow afternoon in the finale of this series. There will be a familiar face on the mound for San Diego, as Joe Musgrove will make the start. He will be opposed by Mitch Keller, who is still looking to get his first win of the year.
Record vs. Padres: 1-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 1-1
Record at Home: 5-6
Overall Record: 9-12
Let’s Go Bucs!