For the second consecutive game, the Pirates bats struggled with a Marlins starting pitcher. This time it was LHP Adam Conley, who kept the Pirates off balanced most of the night in a 3-2 Marlins victory.
The Pirates were 7-3 against southpaws this year, but Conley tossed 6.0 shutout frames with just two singles and nine strikeouts. Jon Niese was matching Conley with zeros until running in trouble in the 5th inning and giving up two runs. He finished with two runs allowed through 5.0 innings of work with six strikeouts.
The Bucs rallied off the Marlins bullpen in the 7th inning, loading the bases on a Cervelli walk, JHay single and Jaso walk. With one out, Hurdle called on Matt Joyce to pinch hit and guess what? He delivered again. Joyce ripped a two-run single to right field to tie the game ruining a win for Conley. The Pirates had a great chance to take the lead, but Jordy Mercer grounded into a double play in the next AB to end the threat.
Tony Watson came in to work the 8th inning and after getting the first two outs, Watson hit Derek Dietrich with the pitch in what looks like a broken wrist for Dietrich. Adeiny Hechavarria came up and ripped a double that scored the winning run. It was Watson’s first run allowed in 12 appearances after a perfect 0.00 ERA in May. But just like that, the Bucs dropped their second straight.
Following their 10-run outburst in the series opener Monday, the Pirates offense has been stifled to just nine hits in the last two games and only one extra-base hit. Tonight, they’ll face LHP Wei-Yin Chen with Juan Nicasio starting for the Pirates in the final game of the four-game series.