The Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Tuesday night when Chase Headley launched a two-run, 10th inning home run.
In the bottom of the eighth, with the Bucs trailing 4-3 and facing one last chance to tie the game, Clint Hurdle sent Chad Qualls to the mound. Qualls entered the game with a 5.28 ERA on the season. After warming up alongside Qualls the previous inning, Jason Grilli and his 2.38 ERA watched from the bullpen. Qualls quickly allowed a leadoff double to Will Venable, who then moved to third on a ground out. The situation screamed for a strikeout, but Hurdle stuck with Qualls. Qualls has struck out 12.1% of the batters he has faced this year, while Grilli has struck out 38.5% of opposing hitters. Carlos Quentin lifted a fly ball to left and the Padres extended their lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, with the score tied and the Padres’ 2-3-4 hitters due up, Hurdle went with the recently recalled Daniel McCutchen while closer Joel Hanrahan watched from the...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.