After picking up a win over the Giants in the series finale on Sunday afternoon they went right back into the loss column in the first game of the series against the Diamondbacks. The Pirates actually took the lead in the first but that only lasted about five minutes before the Diamondbacks tied it up and they pretty much held the Pirates bats in check after that.
Erik Bedard went out and didn’t have his best stuff but was still able to get through five innings in sort of a weird fashion. What I mean by that is Bedard threw 97 pitches in five full innings of work and only had 50 of those go for strikes with four walks and only three strikeouts. At one point in the game Bedard went to a three ball count on 10-of-12 batters so as you can tell it wasn’t a good day. While it was pretty bad in that aspect he only gave up three hits and two runs while he pushed his fastball velocity to 92-93. While I don’t really think the velocity is a big deal the idea that he was able to get through five innings with some of his worst stuff and only give up a pair of runs is good.
Evan Meek didn’t really have a good night either. He came in and gave up a leadoff hit and then Chris Young took him deeeeeeep to left field for a two run shot. He was able to bounce back and record three outs without giving up any more hits but I just don’t know if Meek has it anymore. Back in 2010 when Meek was an All-Star he was pumping fastballs around 97 and now he is only getting it to around 92-93. While that isn’t a big deal for a guy like Bedard who can locate and has good secondary stuff it is not good for a right handed reliever who doesn’t possess much of those two things.
Things just aren’t good. The Pirates got six hits overall but didn’t have a single player with more than one hit and the struggles continue for most of the lineup. Jose Tabata is just having a brutal start to the year and his 0-for-4 day dropped his average to .118 and he just does not look confident up there. He did have a couple hard hit ground balls but really doesn’t have very good body langue and just hasn’t performed at all. Pedro Alvarez was in a pinch hitting role and wasn’t able to get on to push his season average to .050 and Clint Barmes continues to be pretty terrible offensively. Just not good things coming offensively for this team.
Maybe the highlight of the night was that Rod Barajas hit a double which made it to the wall in left field and nearly got thrown out at second base. It was hilarious.
Back at it tomorrow. Same time, same place.