After losing two out of three games played against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pirates traveled to San Diego to take on the Padres starting on Monday, August 19. The red-hot Pirates were not doing so “red-hot” after losing three straight to the Colorado Rockies and the two games against the Cardinals. The Pirates refused to let these losses phase them. They won the first game against the Padres by a score of 3-1. Francisco Liriano pitched for the Pirates only allowing four hits and no runs in seven innings pitched. He totaled 13 strikeouts, which is a season-high for him, and improves his record to 14-5. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez got his 31st home run of the season.
The Pirates kept up their winning ways as they won 8-1 in their second game. A.J. Burnett took the mound for the Pirates pitching seven innings and allowing four hits, one run, and striking-out seven. Padres pitcher, Tyson Ross, gave up five runs in 6.1 innings pitched. The Pirates took an early lead when Neal Walker homered to center in the 1st inning. Russell Martin then hit a double, scoring Alvarez. Andrew McCuthcen, Josh Harrison, and Alvarez all got triples in the game which each scored runs. McCutchen is hitting .319 so far this season.
The Pirates were unable to sweep the Padres in the three game series as they fell 2-1 in the last game. Gerrit Cole was the starting pitcher for the Pirates. Cole allowed 10 hits and two runs in 6 innings pitched. Felix Pie was called up from AAA Indianapolis to play for Starling Marte who is out with a finger injury. Pie scored the only run for the Pirates when McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly to center field when Pie was on third. The Pirates totaled four hits in the loss. The Pirates will travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants starting on Thursday.