Dodgers 4, Pirates 3, 10 innings

The early story of this game, was the pitching by the Dodgers young starting pitcher Julio Urias.  Urias would get through six innings without allowing a hit to the Pirates, before allowing a rocket into the left field corner off the bat of Andrew McCutchen leading off the seventh inning.  After getting a line drive out off the bat of Gregory Polanco, manager Dave Roberts removed Urias from the game with Jose Osuna coming to the plate.  Josh Bell would pinch hit with Sergio Romo entering the game for the Dodgers, and he would strike out looking.  Francisco Cervelli hit a line drive double in the next at bat, on a ball that was misplayed by Dodgers left fielder Kike Hernandez.  Max Moroff pinch hit for left fielder Chris Bostick in the next at bat for the Pirates, and he collected his first MLB hit that also tied the game at two.

Ivan Nova finally walked a batter, then he did it again.  In the first inning, Nova threw a fastball on a 3-2 count to Justin Turner, that ended up low and away for his second walk of the season.  He walked his second batter of the ballgame when he missed with a 3-2 fastball again, to Cody Bellinger leading off the bottom of the fourth inning.  Bellinger would score two batters later when Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run to center field.  Without having his best stuff, Nova found a way to battle through in an effort to produce a quality outing.  After giving up a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh inning, Nova would depart after a bunt moved Chase Utley to third with one out.  After rookie Trevor Williams only pitched three innings on Monday night, the length of Nova’s outing was welcomed despite the mixed results.  Felipe Rivero would get the Pirates out of that inning to finalize Nova’s line at six and one-third innings pitched, seven hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts on the night.

After Felipe Rivero’s heroics in the bottom of the seventh, his spot was due up second in the top of the eighth inning.  Pinch hitter John Jaso gave the Pirates their first lead of the night, with a towering home run that just cleared the wall in right field with one out in the top of the eighth inning.  The Dodgers would threaten again in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Chris Taylor doubled to left center field with two outs.  Yasiel Puig then reached on a wild pitch strikeout to extend the inning.  Tony Watson would then enter the ballgame to strikeout pinch hitter Franklin Gutierrez.  Tony Watson recorded his first blown save of the year with poor defense behind him in the ninth inning.  Gregory Polanco in his first game back in right field, misplayed a ball to set up the scoring opportunity for the Dodgers.  A chopper off the bat of Cody Bellinger got through the infield to tie the ballgame one batter later.

In the top of the tenth inning, Cervelli drove the ball to right field, but Puig hauled that in on the warning track.  Jansen struck out the next two Pirate hitters to set the Dodgers up for a game ending opportunity in the bottom of the 10th.  Daniel Hudson allowed a leadoff single to Yasmani Grandal to start the bottom of the 10th inning, and it looked like he was almost out of the woods after he struck out the next two batters.  Dodgers backup catch Austin Barnes then doubled to drive in pinch runner Ross Stripling and to give the Dodgers the second game of this three game series.  The loss dropped the Pirates to 14-19, while the Dodgers improved to 19-14.

Tune in tomorrow night as Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.54 ERA) takes the mound to face Kenta Maeda (2-2, 5.81 ERA) and the Dodgers.

Josh Ruga

My name is Joshua Ruga and I am from a small town in South Jersey. I grew up in the area and went to Buena Regional high school before attending Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey where I received my undergrad degree. I graduated from Rowan University in 2012, with a degree in Communication Studies. I am a huge baseball fan who recently decided to start writing about this topic that I am so passionate about. My favorite Pirates memory comes from the 2010 season. Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run walk off homerun against Huston Street, then of the Colorado Rockies. This happened in extra innings with the Pirates down 7-5 before the swing of the bat. In my mind, it signaled the consecutive losing seasons streak for the Pirates ending. The Pirates would go on to have two more losing seasons following 2010, but behind the efforts of young players like Pedro Alvarez, they were in the pennant race throughout the summer months of both 2011 and 2012.

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