After securing a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-25) were looking to take Game 2 of this quick 3 game series. The Pirates (23-36) on the other hand are looking to bounce back from Tuesday night after giving up 5 runs through the first 6 innings last time out. The Dodgers come in currently sitting third in the NL West as the Pirates sit last in the NL Central.
Wednesday night’s game in Pittsburgh took a little while to get going, especially with the rain delay prior to the start. Nonetheless, Tyler Anderson would get things underway starting on the mound for the Pirates.
Anderson made quick work of his first 2 batters but wouldn’t have the same luck with Justin Turner. Anderson threw a four-seam fastball with a 1-1 count that Turner crushed out to center for his 11th home run of the year. The Pirates would get out of the inning being down just 1-0. Anderson’s counterpart on the night, Tony Gonsolin, would be on the mound to start for the Dodgers. The Pirates would level the game thanks to an RBI single from Polanco allowing Reynolds to score. Gonsolin’s night wouldn’t make it farther than 66 pitches.
He would get pulled in the bottom of the 2nd after walking a series of batters. Left-handed pitcher Victor Gonzalez would replace him.
Turner strikes again
Justin Turner continued to have a big night after going yard for the second time. Anderson showed him a cutter that was high and inside, but Turner would drive it beyond the left-field wall to restore the lead for the Dodgers. Innings 4-6 were controlled by both teams’ pitching staffs.
The Dodgers were only able to collect two hits while the Pirates only gathered one. David Price entered the game for Gonzalez at the bottom of the 4th inning, for the Dodgers’ third pitching change. Textbook fielding from the Dodgers would help them hold their advantage entering the 7th inning. Anderson threw 6 innings for Pittsburgh letting up 6 hits while recording 2 strikeouts. He eventually got replaced by right-hander Clay Holmes.
Price was replaced by Joe Kelly at the bottom of the 6th inning finishing with a sole strikeout. Both teams’ bullpens would stay active, heading into the final innings of this game. Holmes and Kelly both threw an inning for their respective teams before giving batters a new look. Blake Treinen replaced Kelly for Los Angeles and Sam Howard came in for Holmes. Both teams would continue to make contact while at-bat, but consistent fielding highlighted the contest.
Treinen recorded 2 crucial strikeouts in the bottom of the 8th before Kenley Jansen relieved him. Howard threw 18 pitches securing 1 out in the 9th before their 4th pitching change of the night. David Bednar came in with 2 outs left to keep the Dodgers at 2 runs heading into the bottom of the 9th. It was now or never for the Pirates to score the tying run in this game. Jansen and the Dodgers only needed 4 batters to close this one out. The Dodgers win the game while improving to 36-25.
The final game of this 3 game series begins at 12:35 pm EST on Thursday, June 10. The Dodgers will be looking to finish the 3 game sweep while Pittsburgh defends PNC Park for the third day in 5 days.