Well this Opening Series wasn’t anything special. In fact, it was pretty brutal. Thirteen hits in three games? Yikes.
Opening Day didn’t go the way the Pirates wanted it to, as Pirate Killer Jeff Samardzija dominated them. A.J. Burnett pitched pretty well, but of course the offense couldn’t back him up. Anthony Rizzo hit an absolute bomb off of Burnett, but other than that, A.J. looked fantastic.
Wednesday night was a good night of Pirates baseball. Wandy Rodriguez looked masterful, and Jason Grilli picked up his first save as the Pirates new closer. Rodriguez only allowed two hits through 6.2 innings, and Tony Watson was the man out of the bullpen. Grilli looked fantastic as well, striking out two of the batters he faced in a 1-2-3 inning.
Thursday afternoon’s game was pretty bad. James McDonald looked good though. Throwing seven solid innings of two hit ball, McDonald only allowed one run. Jared Hughes didn’t help out and allowed a 2-run homer. As many of you probably just watched, the ninth inning was pretty typical. The Bucs trailed by three, and got a good looking rally going. They got the score to 3-2, and had the tying run at third base with nobody out, but of course couldn’t drive him in. Pedro Alvarez had an awful at-bat, and Neil Walker grounded into a double play to end it.
I assume most of the readers watched these games, but overall the series was a disappointment. After the Opening Series we saw a season ago against a much better team, in the Philadelphia Phillies, I think that is safe to say.
The pitching looked fantastic throughout the Opening Series, though. Burnett, Rodriguez, and McDonald all pitched solid games, but the offense really let down Burnett and McDonald.
They’ll head out West to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Jonathan Sanchez will make his first start of the season in the series.