Jeff Locke made his 1st start of 2013 for the Pirates today, and he allowed the Dodgers to tie the score at 2 in the bottom of the 1st inning. Adrian Gonzalez singled in Nick Punto and Matt Kemp. A sacrifice fly by Matt Kemp in the 3rd inning gave the Dodgers the lead, and they never gave it back. They only added to it. Adrian Gonzalez picked up his 3rd RBI in the 5th inning. Jeff Locke pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk. He struck out 3.
Chris Leroux also made his first 2013 appearance today, coming in to start the 7th inning. He gave up a solo homerun to the first batter he faced, Justin Sellers. Leroux gave up another run before the 7th inning was over, on an RBI single by none other than Adrian Gonzalez, of course. Leroux started the 8th inning as well but was replaced by Jason Grilli after striking out pinch-hitter Ramon Hernandez. Grilli finished the inning, allowing a walk and a hit but no runs.
Starling Marte led off the game with a single to left field, and 2 batters later, Andrew McCutchen scored them both with a 2-run homerun to left. The Pirates had 2 other hits on the day, one by Jose Tabata and another by Starling Marte. So that’s 4 hits, 3 walks, and finally a homerun.
The Pirates are off to Phoenix, Arizona to face the Diamondbacks for the next 3 days. The Diamondbacks are 5-1 but their pitchers have allowed a total of 27 earned runs, fourth in the National League. Pirates pitchers have allowed 10 earned runs, 14th in the National League. However, the Diamondbacks have found ways to score more runs than their opponents no matter what it takes. The Pirates will need to do the same in order to have a chance.
Wandy Rodriguez, the Pirates’ only winning pitcher so far, will start the first game of the series tomorrow night at 9:40pm. Wandy didn’t allow a run in his start on Wednesday night. He’ll face Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks, who lost his start Tuesday night, the Dbacks’ only loss so far. He allowed 3 earned runs over 5.2 innings. The chances are good.