Found April 06, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
Sigh. The Pirates just staged an encore of the two losses to the Cubs–minus the mini ninth inning rallies–as the offense was terrible and the pitching was good (but not good enough). This edition featured just two hits and nothing even close to a rally against Zack Greinke and the Dodger bullpen. It’s pretty simple…Greinke was good and the Pirates were bad. The Bucs are now an amazing 15 for 118 on the young season. They had some good at bats here and there (mostly from Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen) and a few hard hit balls that went for outs, but bad luck wasn’t the prevelant issue. This team is just an absolute mess at the plate right now. We saw it at the beginning of last season and here it is again. It will get better, but this is absolutely brutal to watch right now. On the positive side, Jonathan Sanchez was actually quite a pleasant surprise. He looked very good for five innings despite a solo homer by Andre Ethier on a bad pitch up in the zone. Through the first five, S...
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