Pirates use long ball to sink Padres 7-2

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Braden Surprenant
May 18, 2019 - 10:04 pm

The Pittsburgh Pirates seemed to be firing cannon balls all over Petco Park on Saturday night as they hammered the San Diego Padres 7-2.

Pittsburgh roughed up Padres young starter Nick Margevicius for 6 earned runs in his limited 4 innings of work. Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, who came into Saturday night hitting 1-for-8 in the series, was able to take Margevicius deep in the 2nd inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. The very next batter, Bryan Reynolds, continued to swing a hot bat this series as he followed up Bell's home run with a home run of his own to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead after 2 innings.

In the third inning, Pittsburgh added to their lead and continued to beat down Margevicius as Josh Bell hit another towering drive, this time to left field to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. The Padres were able to scratch across a run in the bottom half of the third inning on a Manny Machado RBI single that plated Ian Kinsler, to make it a 5-1 game after 3 innings.

The Padres had many opportunities to cut into the Pirates lead during Saturday's contest but unfortunately left 10 men on base and were 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Their best opportunity came in the third inning in which they scored a run. With bases loaded and 1 out in a 5-1 game that favored the Pirates, Hunter Renfroe grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Pittsburgh would get the run back in the 4th inning when Gregory Polanco hit a 2-1 pitch 368 ft off Margevicius to right field to give the Pirates a 6-1 lead in the 4th, and Margevicius' 4th home run allowed in the ball game.

Nick Margevicius would end the game, throwing only 4 innings and allowing 6 runs on 8 hits, with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. His four home runs allowed was a career high.

San Diego would add another run in the 6th inning and the Pirates would get the run back in the 9th inning, as the Pirates went on to beat the Padres 7-2.

There were some bright spots for the Padres in Saturday's loss however, as Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to 11 games, his longest such streak since also notching a hit in 11 straight from April 11-23, 2018. Austin Allen recorded his first career RBI, Ty France recorded a hit in consecutive games for the 2nd time in his career, and Franmil Reyes recorded his 2nd career multi-walk game.

The Padres will look to avoid falling under .500 for the first time this season Sunday as they also try to end the series with Pittsburgh with a split. Padres will throw Cal Quantrill on the hill against San Diego kid and Grossmont High School alum, Joe Musgrove.

First pitch is at 1:10pm with the Pregame show with Braden Surprenant starting at 12:10pm right here on 97.3 the Fan.