The early story of tonight’s ball game, was offensive outbursts by both teams in the first three innings of the game. The Dodgers manufactured a run against Taillon in the first after a lead off double by Chris Taylor, and they added three more runs in the second. A bases loaded RBI single by pitcher Brock Stewart and a two run single by Chris Taylor, had the Dodgers out to a 4-0 lead in the ball game. Taillon would see his team take the lead after putting up a scoreless inning in the third, but Chris Taylor did more damage in the fourth with his second RBI hit of the game. Taillon would finish his tough outing with five walks, five hits allowed and only one strikeout in five innings of work. This earned him a no decision in game where he received plenty of run support.
The Pirates offense appeared poised to take over the game when they put together a five run third inning, that chased Dodgers starter Brock Stewart from the ball game. This would be the only inning that the Pirates would score in however, which ultimately resulted in the team’s second straight loss to the Dodgers. The inning started with an infield hit by pitcher Jameson Taillon, and Marte got the scoring started in the next at bat with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot. An Adam Frazier walk, a single by Andrew McCutchen, and a walk by Josh Bell, would load the bases with nobody out to set the stage for Josh Harrison‘s heroics. Harrison lined an 0-2 fastball to right field for a two-run double that tied the game. The go-ahead run would score in the very next at bat with Jaso’s ground out driving in Josh Bell. Josh Harrison would not come across to score however, as Elias Diaz struck out swinging and Jameson Taillon struck out looking following an intentional walk issued to Jordy Mercer. The Pirates five runs in the inning would conclude their scoring for the night, with little to no offensive threat the rest of the way.
After the Dodgers tied the game in the fourth inning, they would take the lead against relief pitcher Johnny Barbato in the top of the sixth inning, on an RBI single to right field by Corey Seager. That was all the Dodgers would get in the sixth, but they added to their lead just an inning later, when Edgar Santana issued a lead off walk to Curtis Granderson, then served up a two-run home run to Yasmani Grandal. This would conclude the scoring for the Dodgers, as Edgar Santana settled in after the damage was done.
The Pirates went quietly with three straight strikeouts against Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth inning, to drop their second straight to the Dodgers in game two of this four game series. The loss dropped the Pirates to 60-66, while the win improved the Dodgers to 89-35. Tomorrow night, game three of this four game series starts with first pitch at 7:05. Tune in to watch Trevor Williams as he looks for a bounce back outing against Rich Hill and the Los Angeles Dodgers.