Pirates Blow 7-2 Lead, Win Streak Ends At 7 v LA Dodgers: (16-8)

04/25/23 – By Ethan Smith – @mvp_Ethan on Twitter

Well, my run had to end at some point right?

After opening a 7-2 advantage through four, the Pirates couldn’t hold on to the advantage as the Dodgers scored six unanswered runs to defeat the Pirates 8-7 and snap Pittsburgh seven-game winning streak on Monday night.

After a two-run first inning on some unfortunate circumstances from Pittsburgh that included an error and a catcher’s interference, Pittsburgh would answer back quickly in the first as Carlos Santana would score Tucupita Marcano to makes things 2-1. Connor Joe nearly made it a tie ballgame, but David Peralta made an impressive diving grab to prevent a run from scoring.

Despite the missed opportunity from the first inning, Pittsburgh would take the lead in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs from a Ke’Bryan Hayes hit-and-run double that scored Ji-hwan Bae and Austin Hedges.

The fourth inning from the Pirates was very kind to them as they would pick up four runs in the inning from a Hedges RBI single and an Andrew McCutchen three-run home run that would extend the Pirates lead to 7-2. This would chase Noah Syndergaard, who finished with 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 0 BB and 2 SO.

Danger would come for the Buccos in the sixth with Johan Oviedo’s evening coming to a close and leaving the bases loaded for Robert Stephenson with a 7-4 advantage. Oviedo would finish with 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB and 4 SO.

Photo: Gary Morgan

Mookie Betts drove a ball to left field that would have given the Dodgers the lead but Jack Suwinski committed highway robbery to maintain a 7-5 lead for the Pirates in what has to be the best defensive play we’ve seen from the Pirates all season in a night that featured lots of errors for the Buccos defense.

Colin Holderman, who has otherwise done pretty well all season, gave up his first big-league home run to Chris Taylor, giving the Dodgers an 8-7 lead in the top of the eighth.

Andrew McCutchen had an opportunity to score a run or even give the Pirates the lead in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs, but he would pop up to Austin Barnes to end the eighth.

Shelby Miller would come on for the Dodgers in the ninth, retiring Carlos Santana, Jack Suwinski and Connor Joe to shut things down for LA and pick up the victory in game one.

Photo: Gary Morgan

Roansy Contreras will take on Tony Gonsolin in the second game of the series tomorrow.

News & Notes

  • Bryan Reynolds signed 8-year extension prior to tonight’s game
  • Johan Oviedo final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
  • Noah Syndergaard final line: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 0 BB 2 SO
  • Jack Suwinski picks up first hit against a lefty this season
  • Michael Busch would record his first MLB hit for the Dodgers

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