After his first two stellar starts of the 2021 season, Blake Snell failed to make it out of the first inning as he was pulled following a disastrous outing where he let up three runs, walked two, and hit another batter all with two outs in the inning. The Pirates also got an excellent outing by catcher Jacob Stallings who finished with the day with a trio of RBIs en route to helping the Pirates down the Padres 8-4 on Tuesday evening.
The Padres showed some early life in the first when Trent Grisham began the game with his third home run in his first four outings in 2021. Despite taking a 2-0 lead after one, the Pirates rallied right back by taking the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the first and increasing their lead to 6-3 by the end of the third.
Nabil Crismatt, who was recently promoted back to the active roster, pitched five innings and finished with just as many strikeouts. However, he also allowed three runs and eight hits.
Jake Cronenworth continued his hitting streak with two more cracks to up his season total to 17. He has now taken over the team-lead in batting average at .362 while Eric Hosmer dropped to .341, tying him with Wil Myers for second-best on the team.
For the third-straight day, the Padres will be back on the field at 3:35 p.m. with Joe Musgrove taking the mound for the first time since his no-hitter this past Friday. Can he come close to a repeat performance? I sure hope so.