It’s 1 a.m. in Pittsburgh and Tuesday’s game has only just finished the 7th inning - but the outcome had already been decided no more than an hour into the game.
A day after the Pirates scored ten runs to soundly defeat the host Giants, Jameson Taillon couldn’t put the ball past anyone and no one behind him could catch it when hit.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd, then added four more runs in each of the 3rd and 4th innings to tag Taillon with arguably the worst start of his young career.
If not for those three innings, the Pirates would’ve had a lead. As it was, they could only manage a single run in five innings off the Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner.
Five of the nine hits that Taillon allowed in three innings were balls in the air to right fielder Jose Osuna, who got quite a workout, chasing down four of the five that went for doubles.
While Osuna was simply incapable of ranging far and wide, Josh Bell looked just plain clueless at first base, tossing one grounder into left field, had multiple round balls go under his glove (even if Harrison tossed to the pitcher for an out on one of them), and let a runner score when he improperly set up to conduct a relay throw.
Steven Brault threw three scoreless innings of relief. The Pirates did have at least 12 hits, with two each by Josh Harrison, David Freese and Adam Frazier.
The rubber game of the series will be at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.