A ninth-inning walk-off grand slam by Derek Norris last night evened up the series at Petco Park and put an end to the Pirates' seven-game winning streak. Tonight the Padres will try to get the advantage in game 3 of the four-game set.
Tyson Ross gets the ball to make his 11th start of the season. In three career starts against Pittsburgh, Ross is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. He's 2-4 with a 3.84 ERA on the season, but both of his wins came at home. He allowed a season-high ten hits to the Angels in his most recent start, but didn't factor into the decision.
Going for the Pirates will be Charlie Morton, who made his season debut just five days ago. Morton spent the offseason recovering from hip surgery and made his first start since September on Monday against the Marlins, pitching seven innings of two-run ball. In five career outings against the Padres, Morton is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA, going 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA at Petco Park.
The Saturday night contest starts a little later than usual tonight, at 7:10 pm PT.