A five-run fourth inning scuttled the Pirates (3-4-1) as they fell 8-3 to the Orange Coast Bucs in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
Dylan Stablein went seven innings and struck out three, while Jason Padlo went 1-for-3 and drove in two of the Pirates’ three runs.
The Pirates offense spun their wheels early as they had runners in scoring position in each of the first three innings.
In the fourth, the Bucs erupted for five runs to take a 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, the Pirates offense continued to sputter until an RBI single by Jason Padlo in the bottom of the fifth cut the lead to 5-1.
The Bucs would answer with a run in the top of the eighth to take a 6-1 lead.
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Nellis tripled and came around to score on a Jason Padlo groundout to make it 6-2.
However, once again, the Bucs answered right back, scoring two runs in the ninth to push the lead to 8-2.
The Pirates rallied for one in the bottom of the night on a base hit by Nick Marshall, but it would prove to be too little, too late as they fell by a final count of 8-3.
Batting2B: Kyle Jackson, Jonny Reynoso, Jeff Nellis, Jake Thumm
3B: Jeff Nellis
TB: Kyle Jackson 3, Jonny Reynoso 2, Jason Padlo, Tyler Urbach, Nick Marshall, Jeff Nellis 5, Justin Gomez, Jake Thumm 2
RBI: Jason Padlo 2, Nick Marshall
FC: Jonny Reynoso, Jeff Nellis
HBP: Jason Padlo, Tyler Urbach, Michael Deceglie
SB: Jason Padlo, Justin Gomez
PitchingL: Dylan Stablein