All I thought you needed to know in this game is Francisco Liriano took Felix Hernandez deep for his first home run of the season. At that point, it was 4-1 Pirates in the second inning and they had an 82.4 percent win expectancy. Then Liriano gave it all right back, giving up six more earned runs and that was pretty much the game right there.
There was no more scoring after the 4th inning and despite out-hitting the Mariners 12-11, the Pirates dropped game one of a two-game series 7-4.
What’s disappointing the most is that the Pirates hit Felix, to the tune of nine hits and four earned runs over 6.o innings of work. Somehow, Felix battled back after allowing four through the first 2 innings and ended up getting the win.
The Pirates had their chances in the 6th and 7th inning with two men on base in both innings, but Felix got out of the jam in the sixth and after a Freese walk and Polanco single, Mariners reliever Tom Wilhelmsen came in and struck out McCutchen, Marte and got Jung Ho Kang to ground out to end the threat. McCutchen finished 0-for-4 with two more strikeouts and is now batting .241 on the season.
Some positives out of tonight was a 4-for-5 game by Polanco, including his 13th home run of the season, a first inning HR off Felix. Adam Frazier and Cervelli each had two hits in this one.