The Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first after RBI singles from Daniel Vogelbach and Diego Castillo, but they couldn’t sustain it as their starting pitcher continued to struggle in a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Zach Thompson went four and a third innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three, including a two-run homer against Ha-Seong Kim in the third to take the loss. Thompson goes 0-3 this season and now has an ERA over 10.00.
The Pittsburgh bullpen, which has mostly shown stability so far this year, also gave up some real estate, with Aaron Fletcher, Heath Hembree and Sam Howard all dropping runs. Howard’s was a solo photo of Jake Cronenworth.
Pittsburgh hit 10 total hits, but they were all singles, and it’s just not going to make it when the staff gives up runs.
By the way, Bryan Reynolds continues to struggle at the plate, as another 0-for-3 outing saw Pittsburgh’s best player hit just .188 on the year with two home runs and three RBIs. They’re going to need Reynolds to step it up if they want the offense to kick into high gear.
Here’s a neat on-court highlight from Castillo, who was best known for batting in the preseason, but shows his field chops in this highlight.
The Bucs lost their fourth straight to go 8-12 this season and will be back tonight against San Diego.