Walks, hit batter’s and several defensive miscues were too much for the Pirates to overcome today against the National in Game 2 of their three game series at PNC Park.
Despite home runs from Clint Barmes and Starling Marte, and getting the upper hand on Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg,the Pirates squandered a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
After Pirates’ starter Jeff Locke gave up a single and walk to start the inning, reliever Justin Wilson gave up a single to plate a pair of runs for the Nats.
Strasburg pitched through the seventh inning in a 4-4 tie at that point. He finished the game with 8 k’s.
After that, the Pirates’ bats for the most part fell silent and in the top of the ninth inning, the Nats were able to bring home the winning run off Tony Watson on a sacrifice fly.
The Pirates Russell Martin did single to start the bottom of the ninth inning, but was thrown out while trying to stretch a double.
That wrapped it up for the Bucco’s but they can still take the series in Game 3 at 1: 35 Sunday.