PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings had three hits and three RBIs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates chased Blake Snell in the first inning of an 8-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
The game lasted 4 hours, 7 minutes, and included 17 walks, seven hit batters and 27 runners left on base.
“It was weird,” Stallings said. “Weird. That’s all I got for you.”
Stallings hit a two-run double off the top of the left-field fence in the first inning, then added an RBI single in the second. That helped the Pirates take a 5-3 lead en route to their third win in four games.
“That was not the cleanest game we’re going to play all year long,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “Sometimes you win ugly and tonight we won ugly.”
San Diego had its four-game winning streak end as Snell retired just two of the eight batters he faced. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner had his worst outing in three starts since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in an offseason trade. He has pitched a total of 10 1/3 innings.
“My stuff was better than what it’s been,” Snell said. “There is no reason to pitch like this, but I’ve got to learn from this outing, the mistakes I made, and get better. I’ve got to figure out what to do and get ready for the next one.”
Stallings said the Pirates were patient against the San Diego star, who was famously dominant in Game 6 of last year’s World Series before being pulled early as the Rays went on to lose the game and the series to the Dodgers.
“It was just quality at-bat after quality at-bat,” Stallings said. “Just staying in the approach, trying to battle and waiting for him to make a mistake.”
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