Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 11/18/14

It was apparent right away that Wednesday’s game was going to be another disaster for the Pirates. To start the night, Shane Victorino hit a tapper towards third and Josh Harrison threw it away for an error. Then a single put men at the corners for the Dodgers with no outs and Matt Kemp up.

Kemp hit a slow roller up the middle, which was hardly a bad result…until Neil Walker fell down hard after stepping on second and firing to first while avoiding the runner. He landed on his right hand and it looked like he was seriously hurt. It turns out he’s got a dislocated pinky–probably the best thing we could’ve hoped for after seeing the play–but he’ll still be out for some period of time. We’ll know more tomorrow.

Anyway, the Bucs were down 1-0 without one of their best hitters and facing Clayton Kershaw. They went down 1-2-3 in the first, but actually did a very nice job tying the game in the second when Gaby Sanchez led off with a double and came around to score on two long flyouts.

The Pirates ended up with three runs in eight innings against Kershaw, which isn’t too bad…except it was not nearly enough with Wandy Rodriguez on the mound. Rodriguez still hasn’t had a good start as a Pirate, and while a lot of the hits he allowed were singles…there were a lot of them (10 hits in 5.2 innings) and he struck out just one. Not good. Wandy didn’t help fans’ opinion of him when he barely made any effort to jog to first on a groundout in the third. I can understand why people are upset with Wandy–he certainly hasn’t looked like a deadline improvement so far. I have faith that he’ll improve, but his lack of strikeout ability is alarming.

Andrew McCutchen hit a homer, so that was cool. Sanchez had a nice day (two doubles), Clint Barmes had two hits, and Travis Snider hit a pinch-hit double. That was about it in terms of positives. Chris Resop allowed four runs in one inning to turn the game into a blowout, and the late innings were a forgetful mess, much like Tuesday night.

The Pirates’ lead for a wild card spot is gone–they’re now tied with the Cardinals for the last spot. The Bucs have lost six of seven and are now seven games back of the Reds. The last two days, they’ve looked absolutely helpless.  This needs to stop.

Dodgers 9, Pirates 3 / Box / 2012 Record: 64-53 / Next: Thursday, vs. Dodgers, 4:05

MVP: Sanchez (+.055) / LVP: Rodriguez (-.330) / Key play: Kemp’s double in the 4th

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