Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 4/13/12

Well, if you were among those of us that thought the offense would finally get going a bit against a mediocre pitcher…you were very wrong. The Bucs were again quiet at the plate in a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles, giving the Dodgers the sweep.

If you watched the first couple innings and decided to go to bed early…I don’t blame you. The Pirates were as bad as I have ever seen them early on against Capuano, going down five times looking in the first two innings. Meanwhile, the Dodgers hit Jeff Karstens hard in the first and jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead.

Things weren’t nearly as bad the rest of the way, but the Pirates weren’t able to overcome the deficit. Karstens settled in a bit, and Michael McKenry (of all people) got the Bucs on the board with a solo homer to center in the fifth. The Bucs got leadoff singles from Andrew McCutchen (who was 3-for-3 plus a walk on the night) and Casey McGehee in the sixth, and a Yamaico Navarro sac fly brought home Cutch to get the lead down to one.

That knocked Capuano out of the game, and Clint Barmes singled off the new reliever Mike MacDougal to keep the rally rolling. Pedro Alvarez was up next and hit a ground ball that juuussssttt barely wasn’t enough to sneak past the second baseman and went for a fielder’s choice out. McKenry then walked, loading the bases for the pitcher’s spot. Hurdle lifted Karstens for Garrett Jones, then switched Jones out for Matt Hague when the Dodgers went to a lefty. Hague smoked a line drive to center that looked great off the bat, but it carried out to Matt Kemp for the third out.

That would be the last real threat the Bucs could mount. They got two singles in the seventh, but both were erased by a double play and caught-stealing. They hit several more balls hard tonight that went for outs–Hague’s the most notable–but still left a lot to be desired at the plate…especially in the early innings against the soft-tossing Capuano.

Karstens was fine after his rough first, but lasted just five innings because of the pinch-hit situation. Chris Resop delivered two solid innings out of the bullpen, and Jason Grilli pitched well on National Grilled Cheese Day.

Overall, it was a tough and frustrating series – the Bucs were outscored by just five runs despite getting swept, and certainly had their chances to take any of the three games. The offense HAS to turn things around at some point….

Dodgers 3, Pirates 2 / Box / 2012 Record: 2-4 / Next: Friday, at Giants, 4:35

MVP: McKenry (+.112) / LVP: Karstens (-.210) / Key play: Walker’s 7th inning DP

©2012 Raise the Jolly Roger. All Rights Reserved.

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