The Pirates flipped the script on the Padres on getaway day with their own 4-0 victory to take the rubber match and series, closing out a 4-2 homestand this afternoon.
Rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon dominated the Padres from start to finish. He tossed eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits, a rare two walks and four strikeouts and never really ran into a trouble inning. Even more incredible is the fact that Taillon was working with his sixth different catcher this season in just 10 starts with the Bucs with Eric Fryer doing the catching duties in today’s game. Taillon lowers his ERA to 2.85 through 10 starts and has easily been the most effective rookie pitcher for the Pirates in 2016. He finished with 101 pitches. The rotation looks to be finally finding some stability with Cole-Taillon-Nova-Kuhl-Vogelsong.
The Pirates bats woke up a little today against Christian Friedrich with nine hits off him for four runs through 6.0 innings. David Freese played a big role today in driving in two runs, one with an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st inning and then other on a double in the third inning to spot the Pirates a 2-0 advantage. Gregory Polanco singled in Freese for the third run of the game and Josh Harrison ripped an RBI single for the final run today. Harrison recorded another two hits in the leadoff position. Starling Marte also had two hits today and scored one run.
The Pirates rebounded from an awful 1-5 road trip to go 4-2 against the Reds and Padres and now will head west for a tough road trip against the Dodgers and Giants. The easy stretch of the schedule is over for now as the next four opponents (Dodgers, Giants, Marlins, Astros) all feature a record over .500.