It was the same old story for the Pirates yesterday…and we’re getting a little tired of talking about it. The Pirates got another great start from Erik Bedard and another ****** day from the offense that led to a 5-1 loss to the Cardinals in the series rubber match.
With the way Bedard has started his stint with the Buccos and with the way AJ Burnett pitched in his debut, the Pirates actually look like they could have one of the best 1-2 tandems in the Majors right now. It’s just a shame they get no help from their offense.
Bedard went out yesterday and pitched seven innings and struck out seven while giving up just two earned runs. The Cards took a 1-0 lead in their first at bats when Rafael Furcal scored on a double play ball. The Cards jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third on a David Freese single but a rare passed ball by Michael McKenry allowed an unearned run to score. After that Bedard was as good as he’s been all year – he only gave up one more hit after the third inning.
It’s just too bad the offense couldn’t give Bedard any help…at all. Through four starts, Bedard has never pitched fewer than five innings and has never given up more than two earned runs. In those four starts, the Pirates have scored a combine THREE runs…this is Paul Maholm all over again.
Kyle Loshe mowed down Bucs for more than seven innings and improved to 4-0 on the season. He struck out five and gave up just one run, which didn’t really hurt his 0.99 ERA too badly.
Andrew McCutchen (.351) and Fort (.286) were the only guys in the starting lineup that were batting better than .250, and they went a combined 1 for 7, so it was no real surprise that the Bucs’ only run came on a Casey McGehee pinch hit single in the eighth. But the Cards added two more runs to their total in the ninth off of Evan Meek (he’s pitched seven innings this year and he’s given up five runs).
The Buccos get another winning team with the Rockies coming to town today for a three-game series before this short home stand ends and they hit the road again. Kevin Correia’s been pitching lights out too and he’ll face 108-year-old Jamie Moyer tonight.