Pirates hold off Padres rally to win 5-3.

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Braden Surprenant
May 18, 2019 - 12:10 am

The San Diego Padres dropped game 2 of the four game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night 5-3. San Diego scored first off of a Franmil Reyes solo home run in the first inning, that was tracked at 420 feet according to statcast, however it probably went a little further as it landed in the Pirates bullpen in left center field.

On the mound Friday night for the Padres was left-hander Joey Lucchesi, and despite being charged with the loss, was able to put together a pretty good Major League outing tonight for a starting pitcher. Lucchesi pitched scoreless baseball until the top of the fourth inning, when he made a mistake to Bryan Reynolds who took him deep for a two-run homer, to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

The Pirates would maintain a lead for the remaining part of the game as they tacked on some insurance runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Cole Tucker was able to score on a bloop, yes bloop, double down the right field line by Melky Cabrera in the eighth inning. Then in the ninth, the Pirates were able to get two insurance runs that ultimatley made the difference in Friday night's game after consecutive hits from Jake Elmore, Cole Tucker, and Colin Moran.

The Padres would then finish the game in the bottom half of the ninth inning as they have all season, and that is by never quitting. The Padres continued to fight until the last out as Wil Myers roped a double to left field to start off the ninth, and Ty France was able to drive Myers and himself in with a 402 foot blast to left field.

The next three Padres would go down in order however, and the Pirates would go on to win 5-3.

Joey Lucchesi finished the night allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, not surrendering a walk and striking out 6 over 7 innings pitched. Counterpart, and former Padre, Jordan Lyles pitched out of his mind on Friday, as he racked up 12 strikeouts over 7 innings pitched while allowing 1 run on 5 hits.

Franmil Reyes' home run was his 14th of the year which is the most for any Padre hitter. Ty France's home run was his 2nd of the season and 2nd of his career.

The Padres look to bounce back tomorrow against the Pirates, with first pitch coming at 5:40pm and the Padres Pregame show with Derek Togerson starting at 4:40pm on the home of the San Diego Padres, 97.3 The Fan.