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By Liz Alper
Photo via @Padres on Twitter
July 1, 2018 (San Diego) - To kick off July, the Padres looked to take the series against the Pirates. No East County or San Diego kids today; Jameson Taillon started for the Pirates against Tyson Ross.
It wouldn’t happen. Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer just over the right field wall in the second and the Pirates took a 1-0 lead.
The Padres were able to tie the game on A.J. Ellis’ single to left that scored Carlos Asuaje. Freddy Galvis advanced to third when Elias Diaz missed the catch. Ross gave the Padres the lead with some pitcher magic; a sac fly to center that scored Galvis and the score was 2-1 Padres.
Hunter Renfroe added more in a big way in the third with a smacked RBI double to left that scored Wil Myers from first to make it 3-1.
Dickerson and Diaz wouldn’t go away. After Dickerson got on base in the fourth, Diaz scalded an RBI line drive double to left to make it 3-2 Padres.
But the thin rope dissipated in the fifth when Colin Moran blasted a grand slam to right and the Pirates jumped out in front 6-3.
Hunter Renfroe tried to help in the home half of the fifth with a solo blast of his own to left to make it 6-4 Bucs.
Diaz appeared again in the sixth with a solo shot to high left field for the Pirates’ third home run of the day to kick Ross out of the game. He was replaced by Jose Castillo, who finished the job, but the Pirates still led 7-4.
The Padres kept trying. With runners at the corners in the home half of the sixth, Myers beat out the throw to first, Ellis came home and forced in Grossmont High alum Steven Brault again. He loaded the bases, but it was okay because the Padres couldn’t do anything with it anyway and the score stayed 7-5 until the end and the Pirates took this series 2-1.
The Padres have Monday off before traveling to Oakland for some interleague play. First pitch against the Athletics on Tuesday is at 6:05 p.m. Clayton Richard starts against Chris Bassitt for the Athletics.