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Pirates give up six home runs on way to 8-3 loss

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MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers hit six home runs in game two of the series, bringing the total to 10 long balls over the last two days. Pederson hit Nova’s first offering of the game into the stands. Muncy followed Pederson up with one of his own. Muncy, Taylor, Grandal, and Hernandez all homered between the 3rd and 6th innings, as well.

Nova deservedly earned the loss with the line of 5 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, and 5 HR.

Aside from the Dodger batting practice, the game was fairly watchable in the early innings. Diaz doubled off of Kershaw twice, leading to the Pirates’ first two runs of the game. He also made his presence known on defense after executing a ‘strike em out / throw em out’ double play to end the 1st inning, and then again in the 2nd inning after putting a solid spinning tag on Chris Taylor trying to score on a squeeze attempt by Kershaw (also need to give credit to Nova for fielding his position and executing the glove flip).

Freese also had a solid game, going 3/3 with a home run. He drove in all three of the Pirates’ runs.

Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, nobody else did anything offensively. Diaz and Freese were the only Pirates players who recorded hits on the day. Pirates’ 1-3 and 6-9 hitters were hitless. That’s simply not going to cut it in Los Angeles.

The Bucs will be sending Clay Holmes to the mound in the series finale as they attempt to salvage a game. Game time is 8:10pm EDT.