OOTP: Pirates Face Clayton Kershaw For the Second Time in a Week

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

Prior to the game, the Pirates recalled James Marvel from Triple-A, and optioned Edgar Santana down.


1st Inning

Musgrove strikes out Turner to start the game. Seager grounded to second, but Adam Frazier couldn’t field it and received an error. Betts singles up the middle, with Seager stopping at second. Bellinger hits a routine fly ball to Polanco for the second out. Max Muncy hits an RBI single to right. Will Smith flies out to right.

Kershaw strikes out Newman. Frazier hits a hard grounder to Justin Turner at third base, who makes a diving stop to rob the hit. Turner fires over to first but the throw goes wide and Frazier takes second base. Bell hits a soft ground out to third, allowing Frazier to move over. Polanco strikes out.

Dodgers 1, Pirates 0

2nd Inning

Pederson hits a double to the wall in center. Taylor flies out to center. Kershaw grounds out to second, with Pederson moving over to third. Turner singles up the middle, bringing in a run. Seager reaches on an infield single. Betts hits an easy fly ball to Heredia for the third out.

Reynolds flies out to right. Susac grounds out to second. Heredia grounds out to second.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

3rd Inning

Bellinger pops out to first. Musgrove strikes out Muncy and Smith to end the inning.

Kershaw loses control of a pitch and it hits Ke’Bryan Hayes in the back. Musgrove moves him over to second with a sacrifice bunt to the first base side. Newman grounds out to first. Frazier strikes out looking.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

4th Inning

Musgrove gets Pederson to ground out to third. Chris Taylor walks, steals second, and moves to third on a Kershaw groundout. Turner strikes out looking.

Josh Bell grounds out to first. Polanco grounds out into the shift, with the shortstop fielding it on the right side. Reynolds struck out.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

5th Inning

Seager singles through the right side of the infield. Betts reaches on a soft hit infield single. Musgrove strikes out Bellinger swinging. Seager tries to steal third, but Susac throws him out. Muncy flies out to left.

Susac strikes out to start the bottom half of the fifth. Heredia grounds out to short. Hayes flies out to center.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

6th Inning

Richard Rodriguez comes on to pitch for the Pirates. Musgrove finished with 94 pitches. Rodriguez gets two fly outs and strikes out Taylor for the quick inning.

Kershaw carries a no hitter into the sixth inning. Rodriguez stays in and grounds out to first. Newman lines out softly to second. Adam Frazier delivers a single through the right side of the infield to break up the no hitter. Bell flies out to center.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

7th Inning

Kershaw singles off Rodriguez. Turner flies out to center. Seager singles to right, with Kershaw moving to third. Dovydas Neverauskas comes in to pitch. Mookie Betts hits a fly ball to deep center field for the second out. Kershaw tags, but a great throw by Guillermo Heredia gets him at the plate for the double play.

Polanco walks to start the bottom of the inning. Reynolds strikes out. Susac strikes out. A wild pitch allows Polanco to move to second. Heredia grounds out.

Dodgers 2, Pirates 0

8th Inning

Neverauskas returns and strikes out Bellinger with a 100 MPH fastball. He walks Smith and Muncy. Blake Weiman comes on in relief to face Joc Pederson for the lefty on lefty matchup. Pederson chases a high fastball for the third strike. Chris Taylor hits a double to right-center, scoring a run. Kershaw strikes out.

Kershaw strikes out Hayes. Colin Moran comes on to pinch hit and strikes out. Kevin Newman lines out to right.

Dodgers 3, Pirates 0

9th Inning

James Marvel enters to pitch for the Pirates. Turner walks. Seager flies out to left. Betts lines out to Newman. Turner steals second and Marvel follows by intentionally walking Bellinger. Muncy grounds out to second.

Frazier singles up the middle to start the ninth inning. The Dodgers go to left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek, turning Josh Bell around to the right side. Bell flies out to left. Polanco grounds out to short. Reynolds flies out to center.






Probable Starters

Sunday, 1:35 PM EST: David Price (4-1, 4.02) vs Mitch Keller (2-2, 4.80)

Monday, 7:40 PM EST: Trevor Williams (1-2, 2.77) vs Jon Lester (3-2, 3.72)

Tuesday, 7:40 PM EST: Chris Stratton (2-2, 3.67) vs Tyler Chatwood (0-1, 3.68)

Wednesday, 2:20 PM EST: Chris Archer (3-1, 2.31) vs Yu Darvish (0-4, 5.61)
Thursday: OFF
Friday, 7:10 PM EST: Joe Musgrove (1-3, 2.87) vs Jose Urena (1-2, 4.60)