Remember when we used to make fun of Adam LaRoche for sucking so bad? Remember when he used to hit below .200 for the first half of the season while playing first base for the Pirates? What the hell happened?
Last night, LaRoche went 3 for 4 including a homer, 4 RBIs and his 1,000th Major League hit and led the Nationals to a 7-4 win over the Buccos. Again, what the hell happened? LaRoche is now batting .339, has 7 home runs and 29 RBIs…in May. DAMN.
LaRoche wasn’t the only former Pirate to have a big night. Xavier Nady hit a homer in the 6th inning (him and LaRoche went back-to-back) to put the Nats up 4-1.
Former Buccos weren’t the only reason for the Nationals’ win in Game 1 of a two game set. The Pirates offense sucked it up once again. We can pretty much copy and paste this into every recap. The Pirates managed only 6 hits - Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison accounted for more than half of them. Oh, and they also struck out 12 times. Looking at the batting averages on this team is enough to make you throw up. ONLY ONE PLAYER IS BATTING OVER .260!
Erik Bedard came back from his back spasms last night and if you looked at his numbers quickly they seem just slightly below average. 6 innings pitched, 6 hits, 1 walk and 4 earned runs…but the 3 homers just buried him. We all know you have to be much better than that to give this pitiful offense a chance to win.
The Bucs will try again tonight when their ace(?) James McDonald takes the mound against Jordan Zimmerman. J-Mac has yet to give up more than three runs in a game, which should keep the Buccos in it, but Zimmerman has a 2.14 ERA.