Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 6/5/13
Wednesday’s game couldn’t have gone much worse for the Pirates, as they were swept, shut out, nearly no hit, and lost another starting pitcher in the first inning. Wandy Rodriguez gave up a quick run in the first and was clearly uncomfortable after hitting Freddie Freeman with a pitch. With just one out, he came out of the game with left forearm tightness – definitely something that has a chance to become a significant problem. He’s headed back to Pittsburgh, but there hasn’t been a detailed update on him yet. Obviously if he is out for any extended period of time, that’s very bad news for the Bucs. They do have some decent replacement options, but Wandy’s been very solid and consistent for the Pirates ever since joining the team last summer and would be a big loss. The more immediate problem was that the bullpen had to cover an entire game – for the second time in four days. Today the Shark Tank was not up to the task of throwing a shutout the rest of the way, but even that wouldn’t have been enough. Bryan Morris did another wonderful job, throwing 3.2 scoreless, but the rest did not have nearly as much success. Vin Mazzaro allowed two bombs and Jared Hughes allowed two more runs, allowing the Braves to pull away in the middle/late innings. Again, no effort the ‘pen could have put together would have matched what Julio Teheran did for Atlanta. The young and talented righty cruised early on and before you knew it, he was threatening to throw a no hitter. He struck out eleven and looked fantastic, but again, the Pirate bats were completely silent. Most at bats were ugly, there was very little solid contact, and obviously they weren’t able to get anything going. This is starting to feel like the miserable slump we saw at the beginning of the season — after all, it’s the first time the Bucs have lost three in a row since the sweep in LA that put them at 1-5 to start the season. Brandon Inge broke up the no-no as a pinch hitter in the eighth with two outs. I’m starting to think that’s the only offensive skill Inge still has – the ability to break up no hitters. He’s saved the Pirates from two no hitters in one week (he also had the only hit against Johnny Cueto on Friday). This was an awful week for the Pirates, but the good news is that they are still ten games above .500. They’ll be just fine if they can remember how to hit sometime soon. They’ve got an off day and a series against the Cubs up next, so that should hopefully help a bit. The bad news is the Rodriguez injury – let’s hope that doesn’t turn in to a long term problem. Braves 5, Pirates 0 / Box / 2013 Record: 35-25 / Next: Friday, at Cubs, 2:20 Source: FanGraphs PHOTO: Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports
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