Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 10/31/14
Astros_vs_mets_41b4
The Bucs played a solid game and earned a much needed win on Monday night, but they may have suffered a big loss as well. Wandy Rodriguez got off to a pretty good start and the Pirates’ early lead seemed to be in good hands with him on the mound. In the third inning, though,Wandy walked off the mound and started doing all kinds of stretches, clearly feeling something wrong in his left leg. The Bucco training staff came out and worked with him for quite a while, eventually determining that he should come out of the game. The Pirates statement says he strained his left hamstring and will undergo further evaluation tomorrow. Losing Wandy would be a significant problem for the Bucs. They’ve already got rotation depth issues and were really counting on him to be a steady and reliable guy that can deliver 6+ solid innings every 5 games. Rodriguez has a strong track record as a durable starter and he didn’t appear to be in excruciating pain, but we’ve seen injuries like that turn in to some very long DL stints and/or cause problems after the player returns. Hopefully it was just a bad cramp or something like that, because it’s tough to envision the rotation holding up without Wandy. After Wandy departed, Jeanmar Gomez came in and had some problems – which you’d expect, because he’s Jeanmar Gomez. The D-Backs tied the game and the outlook was not good with the early offense seemingly wasted and six more innings for the bullpen to cover. But hey, there was early offense! Starling Marte led off with a hit for the third straight game, and Andrew McCutchen doubled him home. And as promised… I’m bringin the “Z” back…stay tuned — andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) April 8, 2013 …he did the ZOLTAN. Yep, it’s back. The return of the “Z” twitter.com/rtjr/status/32… — Brian McElhinny (@rtjr) April 9, 2013 The Bucs added two more with contributions from some of the worst hitters so far this year; Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez walked and Travis Snider singled up the middle.  The D-Backs eventually tied it up off with two runs charged to Wandy (one unearned) and another off Gomez, but Jeanmar pitched a scoreless fourth to keep the game tied. Starling Marte struck again in the sixth, lining a 1-out triple down the line. Neil Walker was hit by a pitch and McCutchen drove in the run with a sac-fly to give the Bucs the lead back. The bullpen then did an absolutely wonderful job making it stand up. Justin Wilson was probably the player of the game. He tossed three spectacular innings (no hits, no walks, two strikeouts) and really impressed in a surprisingly long outing. I’d like to see him pitch in some more big spots – this was the first appearance since Opening Day for the young lefty known for spectacular stuff (but questionable control). Garrett Jones pounded a solo shot for some insurance, but the Bucs wouldn’t need it. Mark Melancon pitched a 1-2-3 eighth, and Jason Grilli notched a painless save in the ninth. Notes: Pirates fans took over the pool beyond the outfield fence at Chase Field. Russell Martin was 0-for-3 and is still hitless. BUT, he picked up a stolen base…so he now has more stolen bases than hits. The Pirates scored a season high 5 runs but also struck out a season high 12 times Pirates 5, D-Backs 3 / Box / 2013 Record: 2-5 / Next: Tuesday, at D-Backs, 9:40 Source: FanGraphs
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Victorino: I plan on playing every day for Red Sox in 2015

The Rams are still planning on drafting a quarterback

Howard willing to make 'ultimate sacrifice' to help Rockets

Pacquiao bought P. Diddy’s house for $12.5M, fight tickets

The Seahawks are already winning the NFL Draft

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Fiancée takes stand at Aaron Hernandez's murder trial

Thunder announce Kevin Durant to miss rest of season

Jeremy Maclin says he still believes in Chip Kelly

Mike Weber on Sabres fans cheering loss: 'A whole new low'

Michael Sam: 'I'm not the only gay person in the NFL'

More international NFL games could be on the horizon

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

Twins to offer $19 Bloody Mary with pizza slice garnish

Ranking the NBA's hottest coaching seats

The beginning of the end for Notre Dame

An identity in flux: Harden and the collective consciousness

LeBron James makes Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders

Five under-the-radar National League MVP candidates

Five bizarre NFL offseason moves that don't add up

Texas to Rick Barnes: Change your staff or you will be fired

First 'National Fantasy Football Convention' to star Tony Romo

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

The last Expo standing

Five under-the-radar AL MVP candidates

Michigan sent recruit's GF a letter

MLB teams that could disappoint

25 years ago, the best Sweet 16 of all time was pure madness

The 2015 bad quarterback carousel

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.