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Los Angeles Dodgers
Dodger Stadium continued to be a ravine of terror for the Pirates, but Sunday provided a fresh face to engineer the 6-2 L.A. victory and a weekend sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez started to earn the $127 million he will collect the next six seasons after arriving from Boston last August. The first baseman went 3-for-4 with four RBI to complete his destruction of Pirates pitching (7-for-11, 2 doubles, 5 RBI). Gonzalez and the top half of the Dodgers lineup afflicted most the damage on Locke, as L.A.’s first five hitters went 8-for-13 against the Pittsburgh starter, compared to 0-for-9 for the bottom hitters.
The Pirates broke free from 18 scoreless innings right away. Andrew McCutchen blasted Pittsburgh’s first home run in 2013, a two-run blast into the fifth row of the left field pavilion, with Starling Marte on base.
The Dodgers responded immediately. Nick Punto, Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez struck back with three straight hits, the one from Gonzalez a 2-RBI single that just dribbled underneath a diving Neil Walker tied the score.
Small ball gave L.A. the lead in the third inning. Carl Crawford hit a leadoff double to the left field wall, was bunted over by Punto and scored on a Kemp sacrifice fly to deep right field.
The Dodgers extended their lead to 4-2 in the fifth. Crawford and Punto started the inning with back-to-back singles. Crawford got to third on a double play, then scored on a Gonzalez single to left-center. Starling Marte grabbed it, turned and gunned down Gonzalez with a smooth throw to second to limit the damage.
Jeff Locke pitched six innings in his season debut, getting knocked around a bit for eight hits and four runs, while racking up only three strikeouts. He was yet another victim to the Pirates’ struggles in Los Angeles, where they are 7-31 in their last 38 games.
Chris Leroux entered for Locke and quickly showed why he was the last player on the Pirates Opening Day roster to make an appearance. First batter Justin Sellers broke his early slump by homering a fastball into the left-field stands. After back-to-back walks from Leroux, Gonzalez collected his fourth RBI with a line-drive single to make it 6-2.
L.A. starter Hyun-Jin Ryu kept the Pirates from getting any runners into scoring position after the first inning. The Korean lefty ending up with six strikeouts and only three hits allowed in 6.1 innings for the first win of his MLB career. Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier and J.P. Howell combined to keep the Bucs scoreless and close out the Dodgers’ seventh-straight win against the Pirates.
BEST OF MAXIM
At the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Pirates looked to have a great situation at the top of their rotation. A.J. Burnett had made 31+ starts each year since 2008. Wandy Rodriguez had made 30+ starts each year since 2009. They looked like guys who could give the Pirates a full seasons worth of starts, while potentially putting up 200 innings each.
Rodriguez left tonight’s...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. Normally he top ten scores would be the only ones included, with the bottom five also listed below. Since this was a shortened week, all 16 starts are in the chart below. The top five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Charlie Morton is increasing his pitch count after being placed on the 15-day DL.
Greetings from Dodger Stadium, where it should be another beautiful Los Angeles night. Here’s a link to Friday’s recap if you missed it.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle provided updates on some of the team’s injured pitchers:
Charlie Morton (elbow) will throw two innings in an extended game Monday...
Pirates (1-4) at Dodgers (3-2)
4:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
The Pirates look to avoid a series sweep (or at least avoid a series shutout) today against the Dodgers. They’ve dropped eight straight at Dodger Stadium and have obviously been completely dreadful at the plate so far this year. It’s gotta change some time soon..
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks were heading in opposite directions before their series at Chase Field, but the Pirates managed to end their woes thanks to some early runs.
While trying to get some help from James McDonald, Pittsburgh aims to make it two in a row Tuesday night.
Before arriving in Phoenix, the Pirates (2-5) were off to their worst start since losing...
This is starting to just feel awkward. Almost like when you get two groups of your friends together that don’t really share the same interests and you try to do something together. I feel like I should be entertaining you or something but it just seems so hard when the Pirates are this pathetic. I…
Clayton Kershaw followed up his sensational one-man show on
opening day with seven innings of two-hit ball and nine strikeouts
in a spirited duel with A.J. Burnett, and the Los Angeles Dodgers
beat Pittsburgh 1-0 Saturday night for their second straight
shutout win over the Pirates., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/kershaw-turns-in-second-solid-start
The Dodgers have traded pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash.
General manager Ned Colletti says Saturday's deal gives the Dodgers another backup at catcher behind starter A.J. Ellis.
Hernandez has a career average of .264 with 166 home runs, 751 RBI and 1,335 hits during his 14-year career with Oakland, San Diego...
Today marked the 2013 debuts of some notable pitchers, including Chris Withrow, Chris Reed, Garrett Gould and Jharel Cotton. Oh, and some guy called Puig homered.
Hyun-Jin Ryu earned his first major league victory, shrugging off a two-run homer in the first inning by Andrew McCutchen and pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in four runs with three hits and Justin Sellers homered for the Dodgers.
Ryu (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1-3 innings, striking...
Another beautiful night at Dodger Stadium, great weather, a great crowd of about 40,000 on hand for Saturday night baseball, and Clayton Kershaw on the mound for the Dodgers against Pittsburgh Pirates Ace A.J. Burnett. I settled into my seat in the Right Field Pavillion around 5:30 P.M. with my Dodger Dogs, my peanuts and a Coke with Aaron (who I wrote about in a blog earlier this...