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PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Attendance: 8,350
Pirates look to build on win against Padres
San Diego Padres at Pittsburgh Pirates
- Since the beginning of 2019, the Pirates are 9-5 (.643) against the Padres. That is tied for the team's best record against an NL team in that span (also vs. Giants).
- The Padres have won three straight after sweeping the Reds in Cincinnati, winning each game by three or fewer runs. The Padres are 9-4 (.692) this season in games decided by three runs or less.
- Yu Darvish allowed nine runs and eight hits in 1.2 innings on April 12 at San Francisco. In his other three starts this season, he has allowed one run and five hits over 18.2 innings.
- The Pirates have lost three straight after getting swept by the Brewers at home. They are 4-5 at home this season with a run differential of zero (40 to 40) compared to 4-6 on the road, with a run differential of -35.
- Zach Thompson allowed nine runs, but only four earned in 2.0 innings in a 21-0 loss to the Cubs in Chicago. The most earned runs he has allowed in his career was six and that was the start prior at Milwaukee.
- Manny Machado has eight multi-hit games this season, which is tied for second most in the majors behind teammate Eric Hosmer. However, he is one of two players to have two four-hit games in 2022 (Jose Iglesias).
- White Sox give RHP Clevinger 1-year deal
- Harper has surgery, to miss start of '23
- Astros' postseason share a record $516K
- Red Sox give LHP Rodriguez 1-year deal
- Rangers hire Maddux as pitching coach
The Pittsburgh Pirates will see the San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado, and will raise them Bryan Reynolds.
Reynolds, the Pirates' All-Star center fielder and arguably their best player, had been struggling at the plate before he was one of the keys to Saturday's 10-inning, 7-6 win over the Padres.
The rubber game of the series in Pittsburgh is set for Sunday.
Reynolds was 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI and reached on an error as the winning run scored Saturday. He raised his batting average to .194, far below his career mark of .285 and last year's .302.
"Just trying to get more and more comfortable in there, and things will turn," Reynolds told AT&T Sportsnet.
"The way he's taking pitches, I think it's the best he's looked at the plate. ... That's the Bryan Reynolds we saw last year," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.
The Pirates had lost four straight before Saturday and San Diego had won four straight.
"We've been playing good baseball; we just haven't gotten the timely hits to drop," Reynolds said. "To come back and get it done (Saturday), it can start some good momentum."
Not if the Padres have something to say about it, particularly Hosmer and Machado. They each homered Saturday, accounting for five runs, as they continue to be among the best hitters in the major leagues. Hosmer's average dropped to .389 after he entered Saturday leading the big leagues. Machado isn't far behind at .386.
"That's five runs, and usually we win those games," San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. "Those two guys continue to show up big for us. But we have some (other) guys who can hit it out of the ballpark, who just haven't heated up yet."
In the series finale, San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove (3-0, 2.16 ERA) is slated to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (0-3, 6.62 ERA).
Musgrove is in his second season with his hometown Padres after three seasons with the Pirates.
His time in Pittsburgh helped him mature into the solid starter he has been for San Diego -- 14-9, 3.05 ERA, 1.057 WHIP and a no-hitter since he was traded by Pittsburgh -- even though he began his career with World Series champion Houston.
"The three years I spent here was the best thing that could happen for my career," Musgrove told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this weekend. "It was a chance to leave some of the big names, where I was just another number on the roster, and get the chance to stand out a little more and take more of a leadership role, even though I felt like I wasn't ready at the time.
"But everyone here encouraged me and pushed me. I loved it."
Musgrove is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the Pirates.
Keller, 26, remains a work in progress. He has lost each of his starts so far and has not won at PNC Park since last May 29.
His most recent start was a no-decision Tuesday against Milwaukee, when he allowed four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings, with two walks and one strikeout.
Against San Diego, Keller is 1-1 with a 7.00 ERA in two career starts.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 1, 2022