PITTSBURGH - We’re in the second inning at PNC Park, and already, the Nationals are trying to battle out of a big hole. Livan Hernandez allowed five runs in the first inning, three of them earned, and Pittsburgh currently leads the Nationals 6-1.
It wasn’t that Hernandez was awful - he didn’t walk anyone, and threw 25 of his 39 pitches for strikes. At times, he was clipping the corners effectively. But the Pirates made solid contact on him, and Jayson Werth had a chance to catch two base hits - a Jose Tabata double that just eluded his glove and a Garrett Jones double where he took a poor route. Ian Desmond’s error on a good throw to second from Wilson Ramos helped keep the inning alive, too.
And now the Pirates just scored their sixth run; Andrew McCutchen went to third base in the second inning after Ramos threw wildly to second while trying to catch him stealing, and Tabata drove him in with a sacrifice fly. After a series of rain delays and long days for the Nationals’ bullpen, they could be looking at another busy night tonight.