Found September 21, 2012 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Awful. The Pirates were blown away by the Astros – the 102-loss Astros – on Friday night. Jeff Locke gave up a 3-run bomb in the first inning. A slew of no-name Houston pitchers shut down the Bucs (starter Edgar Gonzalez had to leave in the 2nd with an injury). The Pirates struck out 12 times. Locke pitched pretty well after the homer, and Garrett Jones hit a solo homer in the 8th, but those are just two miniscule positives in one of the Bucs’ worst performances of the season. Obviously the timing makes it even more dreadful, as the loss drops the Bucs two games below .500 and did nothing to instill hope that a week against bad competition can help them get back on track. Astros 7, Pirates 1 / Box / 2012 Record: 74-76 / Next: Saturday, vs. Astros, 7:05 MVP: McCutchen (+.023) / LVP: Locke (-.113) / Key play: 3-run HR in 1st
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