The Pittsburgh Pirates secured a series sweep of the San Diego Padres on Thursday, coming back from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4.
Playing under smoky skies that pushed back the first pitch by 45 minutes, the Pirates’ rookie first round picks came up clutch in the comeback win.
Singles from Padres’ first baseman Jake Cronenworth and right fielder Rougned Odor put runners at the corners in the second. Second baseman Ha-Seong Kim plated a run with a sacrifice fly and center fielder Trent Grisham yanked a home run to right-center to make it 3-0.
Kim hit a solo homer in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-0.
The Pirates stopped the bleeding there. Right fielder Henry Davis led off the bottom of the frame with a single, and first baseman Carlos Santana doubled to put him 90 feet away. Shortstop Nick Gonzales hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.
Designated hitter Andrew McCutchen doubled to begin the sixth, and Davis singled him home.
With two runners on, Jack Suwinski tied the game in the seventh with an infield single. Padres’ reliever Tim Hill threw the ball into right field to help Jared Triolo score from second.
A pitch after fouling a ball off his foot, a play that left him writhing in pain for several seconds, Davis singled Suwinski in to take the lead, 5-4.
Jack Suwinski’s seventh-inning hit off lefty reliever Tim Hill scored a pair of runs—one via error—to tie the game. Suwinski was batting .170 against lefties prior to that at-bat.
Star of the Game:
Henry Davis went 3-for-4 with two RBI (including batting in the go-ahead run) and a run scored.
Stat of Interest:
Pirates’ pitchers recorded just one strikeout before the eighth inning—when David Bednar struck out the side.
Henry Davis extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fourth-inning single.
Padres’ right fielder Juan Soto worked a pair of walks, stretching his league-leading margin to 75.
Pittsburgh hosts the Brewers in a three game series beginning Friday at 7:05pm. Pirates’ right-hander Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 3.45 ERA) looks to face Milwaukee’s Freddy Peralta (5-7, 4.65 ERA) in that game.