The Pirates really had a nice chance to come out of this with a series win. They got a win in the first game of the series on Monday and got it against the Brewers best arm. That isn't saying that Matt Garza or Yovani Gallardo are bad but Kyle Lohse has been on some kind of tear this year.
If you misused the news earlier Gerrit Cole was having his start skipped and he landed on the 15 day DL with a fatigued shoulder and that meant that the Pirates were going to need a starter today since they pushed Charlie Morton back to start tomorrow (Monday). Jeff Locke came up to make that start.
I am not a huge fan of Locke and to be honest I was pretty pessimistic about the game with him on the bump. True to form whenever I feel like that about someone they come out and prove me completely wrong. Locke did everything he could to give the Pirates a chance as he went seven innings only giving up a run on three hits. Locke has really struggled with control in the past but he walked only one today and threw 54 of his 75 pitches for strikes including 16-of-24 first pitch strikes. Cole is going to need to miss a few starts (maybe more) and they are going to need Locke, and others, to step up in a big way.
Gallardo was just really good today. He held the Pirates in check with only four hits and he struck out eight while throwing 121 pitches in seven innings. Gallardo hasn't really been overly good as of late but he came in and shoved it in the Pirates face.
Despite how good Gallardo was the Pirates had a chance. They wasted some late opportunities. In the seventh inning the Pirates had the bases loaded with one out and had a strikeout by Jose Tabata and pop out by Josh Harrison. In the eighth inning Andrew McCutchen laced a one out double only to be stranded on third. In the ninth Starling Marte walked and stole second which was followed by a walk to Ike Davis. They moved up on a groundout by Travis Snider and then were both stranded in scoring position when Harrison couldn't bring them home.
There was some shoddy umpiring in the game in many facets, but the Pirates had chances to win over the last three innings. Multiple times they had runners in scoring position with less than two outs and they didn't get the big hit. The Pirates only had five hits but they went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 guys on base. When you lose 1-0 and have those numbers you have nobody to blame but yourself.