Another day of Erik Bedard on the bump for the Pirates and a lot more of the same stuff as the Pirates can’t scratch any runs while he was in there for seven innings and the Pirates drop the series finale to the Cardinals 5-1. Meh.
Bedard actually pitched pretty well. He started off just like A.J. Burnett did last night, loading the bases with no outs but was able to get out of it only allowing a lone run. Bedard gave up a couple in the third inning but then really shut the door. He struck out seven and walked four while giving up seven hits and while it wasn’t a great start it was still pretty good. Any time your pitcher can go seven innings and give up only three runs you are going to have a chance to win, but the offense just couldn’t get going. This is the story of the season for the Pirates as they have only scored two runs with Bedard in the game in his four starts. Just not good stuff. Bedard also became the first Pirates pitcher to over 100 pitches with 102 pitches. They were the last team in the league to not have a starter throw 100 pitches. Interesting.
Staying on the pitching side there might not be a guy on the staff that frustrates me like Evan Meek. I am sure he is a great guy and he is trying really hard but he just doesn’t have it anymore. After the Pirates scored a run in the eighth to make the game 3-1 Meek came out and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. It wasn’t as if he pitched well because of his 26 pitches only 12 of them went for strikes. He doesn’t have the big fastball and he is quickly becoming a below average reliever. I would not be shocked to see him sent down in the near future.
The Pirates only had six hits on the day and only Jose Tabata was able to get more than one. He has had a pretty nice series raising his average to .170 and hopefully this means he is breaking out of a slump. Just not good times for the offense. Michael McKenry was able to double which was one of only two extra base hits on the day but it just wasn’t enough. Frustrating times.
It could be a lot worse for the Pirates considering how bad the offense has been, but it has to turn around sometimes, right?
The Pirates face Jamie Moyer tomorrow. Yes, he is still alive.