Originally written April 15, 2012 on WHYGAVS?:
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The Pirates started Saturday's game out with two runs in the first inning off of Barry Zito thanks to a bases-loaded single by Neil Walker, but it was pretty much all downhill from there. The end of the game was hugely frustrating, of course, but let's hit a few waypoints before we get there. Charlie Morton did alright against a Giants' lineup that literally featured all lefties or switch-hitters. He gave up seven hits (two triples), but didn't walk anyone and still had a 9:2 GO:FO ratio in his five innings of work. I'm not going to look tonight, but he definitely seemed to be using his sinker quite a bit tonight, so I'll take this as a decent result against a lefty-heavy lineup given that it's his season debut. He was far from great tonight, but he was effective enough.The offense, of course, was putrid after the first inning. Zito ended up lasting seven innings tonight and the Pirates only scored after the first thanks to some hilariously bad defense fr...
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