Matt Joyce gets his revenge, haunts Angels

Updated: June 4, 2016

The Angels squared off against the Pittsburgh Pirates for game two of their three game set, Saturday afternoon at PNC Park. The Angels sent Jhoulys Chacin to the mound, who looked to build off a solid outing in his last start, as he pitched a complete game against the Tigers on Monday. On the flip side, the Pirates countered with left-hander, Jeff Locke who also came off a complete game of his own, as he shutout the Marlins on Monday.

In the first, Kole Calhoun would give the Angels an early lead as he blasted his sixth home run of the season to dead center, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long as Jung-Ho Kang hit a home run of his own, a two-run shot to center in the bottom of the second, giving the Pirates a 2-1 lead.

In the third, Yunel Escobar would hit an RBI single to tie the game at two. The Pirates would regain the lead in the fourth as Andrew McCutchen drew a bases loaded walk to give the Pirates a 3-2 lead. The Angels would claw back yet again in the sixth as Shane Robinson hit a solo shot to left tying up the game at three.

Things would go south in the seventh, as the Pirates put up a five spot against the Angels bullpen. Former Angel, Matt Joyce would hit a  three-run home run to center off Greg Mahle to give the Pirates a 8-3 lead. The Angels would attempt a comeback as they scored four runs off Pirates reliever, Tony Watson to cut the lead to 8-7. They would ultimately fall shot as Mark Melancon came in and shut down the Angels in order in the ninth, as the Pirates took game two, 8-7 over the Angels.

The winning pitcher would be Jeff Locke, who pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and struck out two batters. He improves to 5-3 on the season. The loss is charged to Fernando Salas, who falls to 2-2 on the year. Angels’ starter, Jhoulys Chacin received a no-decision as he allowed three runs in his five innings of work. The rubber match is set for Sunday afternoon, as Hector Santiago(3-3) is set to face Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole (5-4).



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