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Meadows has strong debut, but Bucs lose

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Outfielder Austin Meadows recorded a pair of hits in his major league debut, but the Pirates stranded 13 runners on base and fell to the Padres 3-2 Friday night.

Meadows is ranked as the Pirates’ second best prospect by MLB Pipeline and 42nd overall. He got the call to the majors after Starling Marte was placed on the 10 day disabled list with a right oblique strain, and got to play in front of 19 family members, including his parents, his fiancee and plenty of relatives from McKeesport.

“I’ve been dreaming of this day,” Meadows said. "I’ve been visualizing it and stuff like that. I don’t think [I had] nerves. For me, it was just anticipation out there.”

Meadows finished 2-4 with a stolen base.

Here’s what happened

The Pirates jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after three innings with two out RBI hits by Josh Bell and Corey Dickerson.

With the score 2-1 in the fourth, Pirates starter Ivan Nova made the miscue that ultimately cost him the game. With a runner on second and one out, Franchy Cordero grounded a ball to Bell, who gave Nova a perfect under-hand pass while he was running to the bag. While Nova beat him to the base, he dropped the ball, essentially giving San Diego a free out.

“I closed the glove too soon,” Nova said.

Second baseman Adam Frazier failed to turn a double play on the next batter, settling for a groundout to first which allowed Hosmer to score the tying run.

Hosmer caused more trouble in the sixth, doubling on a check swing and coming home to score on a two out Cordero single.

“What can you do about it?” Nova said. “Maybe make a better pitch. Who knows? It was off the plate.”

Padres starter Tyson Ross gets the win to improve to 3-3, going six innings of two run ball. Nova falls to 2-4, allowing three runs, two earned, in his six innings. Brad Hand recorded the final four outs to pick  up his 13th save of the year.

RIP RISP

The Pirates went a combined 2-13 with runners in scoring position, stranding a runner on either second or third in seven innings.

That includes an 0-6 performance against the Padres’ bullpen in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Most of those shortcomings came against the closer Hand, who struck out the bases loaded to end the eighth and worked around a leadoff Dickerson double in the ninth.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, San Diego’s relievers have been coming through in the clutch lately. Over the past 15 days, opponents are batting just .077 against Padres’ relievers when there is a runner in scoring position (4-52).

“We missed the elusive big hit tonight,” Clint Hurdle said. “Give them some credit because they made the pitches and got the outs when they needed it.”

On Deck

Clint Hurdle announced before the game that Nick Kingham will make Saturday’s start. Kingham allowed four runs in 12.1 innings of work in his first stint in the majors, going 2-0 with 16 strikeouts. The Pirates will make a corresponding roster move before the game.

The Padres will send Clayton Richard (2-5, 5.20) to the hill. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m..

NUMB3RS

1. Including the minor leagues, Meadows now has a nine game hitting streak.

2. Nova has a 2.01 ERA the second time through the order this year, but a 9.95 ERA the third time through.

3. This is the first one run game the Pirates have lost at home (6-1 overall).

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